Fact – Humans’ brain size and efficiency developed by cooking starches, not eating meat.
Fact - Vegans are considerably healthier and live longer than carnists.
- A meat based diet requires 7 times more land compared to a vegetable diet.
- Livestock production takes up 30 percent of the earth’s land surface, reducing forest areas and biodiversity.
- Livestock farming accounts for over 8 percent of global human water use and is the largest single source of water pollution. It takes over 100,000 litres of fresh water to produce the average person’s annual consumption of meat and milk, considerably more than any of us use to wash in.
- It takes over 50,000 joules of energy to produce 1 joule of dietary meat energy (40 megajoules per meal); up to 20 times more energy than the equivalent in plant based food. Eating meat and milk is more environmentally destructive than driving a car.
- Livestock represents up to half of New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions. The world average is 18 percent which is still more than all road transport emissions.
Fallacy - We need meat and milk to be healthy.