Plant-Based Lifestyle Stats
- While only 7% of consumers identify as vegetarian, some 36% of consumers indicated the use of meat alternatives, which means the largest consumer of meal alternatives are non-vegetarians/non-vegans. – http://store.mintel.com/meat-alternatives-us-june-2013
- Vegan food sales are up by 1500%. – http://www.veganlifestylemagazine.com/vegan-food-sales-up-by-whopping-1500/
- German-wide sales of vegan and vegetarian food alternatives doubled between 2010 and 2015. – https://www.gtai.de/GTAI/Content/EN/Invest/_SharedDocs/Downloads/GTAI/Industry-overviews/industry-overview-food-beverage-industry-en.pdf?v=7
- 12 percent of millennials identify as committed vegetarians. – https://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/17/fashion/the-millennials-are-generation-nice.html?_r=0
- In Israel it is estimated that there are nearly 300,000 vegans in this tiny country, making up 4 percent of the total population. – JSpace News
- Sweden is investigating how a meat tax could be used to encourage more sustainable food consumption. – https://www.thefuturescentre.org/signals-of-change/4062/sweden-considers-meat-tax-encourage-sustainable-diets
- According to the USDA, red meat consumption has dropped by 25% since 1972, and all meat consumption, which includes poultry and fish, has fallen about 10% per capita since 2004. – http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/the-decline-red-meat-america
- In Britain, the number of vegans has risen by more than 360% in the last decade, with 1 in 8 adults being vegetarian or vegan. That jumps to 1 in 5 for people between the ages of 16 and 24. – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/news/number-of-vegans-in-britain-rises-by-360-in-10-years/
- In 2015, New Zealand legally recognized animals as “sentient” beings. – http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/animals-are-now-legally-recognised-as-sentient-beings-in-new-zealand-10256006.html
- Half (49 percent) of Americans consume non-dairy milk, including 68 percent of parents and 54 percent of children under age 18. 69% of consumers agree that non-dairy milk is healthy for kids compared to 62 percent who agree that dairy milk is healthy for kids. – http://www.mintel.com/press-centre/food-and-drink/us-sales-of-dairy-milk-turn-sour-as-non-dairy-milk-sales-grow-9-in-2015
- Dairy-free products are one of the biggest opportunities in the food market with some companies experiencing a 30% growth. – http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/Manufacturers/SO-Delicious-Dairy-free-is-one-of-the-biggest-growth-opportunities-in-the-food-market-right-now%20
- A paleo “high-protein” diet has a 75% increase in overall mortality and a 4-fold increase in cancer death risk. – http://www.cell.com/cell-metabolism/fulltext/S1550-4131(14)00062-X
- Poultry workers have 9 times the risk of pancreatic and liver cancer. – https://nutritionfacts.org/video/poultry-exposure-tied-to-liver-and-pancreatic-cancer/
- 80% of antibiotic sold in the US are for livestock. – Center For A Livable Future, “New FDA Numbers Reveal Food Animals Consume Lion’s Share of Antibiotics”, FDA 2009, “Antimicrobials Sold or Distributed for Use in Food-Producing Animals”.
- The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that about 795 million people of the 7.3 billion people in the world, or one in nine, were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2014-2016. Almost all the hungry people, 780 million, live in developing countries, representing 12.9 percent, or one in eight, of the population of developing counties. There are 11 million people undernourished in developed countries (FAO 2015; for individual country estimates, see Annex 1. For other valuable sources, especially if interested in particular countries or regions, see IFPRI 2016 and Rosen et. al. 2016). Yet a large percentage of grains grown in the US are used in animal feed, with 47% of soy and 60% of corn produced in the US being consumed by livestock instead of hungry people. – Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (2006).
- Transitioning toward more plant-based diets that are in line with standard dietary guidelines could reduce global mortality by 6–10% and food-related greenhouse gas emissions by 29–70%. – http://www.pnas.org/content/113/15/4146.abstract
- Animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, more than the combined exhaust from all transportation. – Fao.org. Spotlight: Livestock impacts on the environment.
- 51 per cent or more of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture. – “Livestock and Climate Change,” World Watch Magazine
- Transportation exhaust is responsible for 13% of all greenhouse gas emissions. – Fao.org. Spotlight: Livestock impacts on the environment.
- Greenhouse gas emissions from this sector primarily involve fossil fuels burned for road, rail, air, and marine transportation. – Environmental Protection Agency. “Global Emissions.”
- Methane has a global warming potential 86 times that of CO2 on a 20 year time frame. – “Improved Attribution of Climate Forcing to Emissions.” Science Magazine.
- Livestock is responsible for 65% of all human-related emissions of nitrous oxide – a greenhouse gas with 296 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide, and which stays in the atmosphere for 150 years. – “Livestock’s Long Shadow: Environmental Issues and Options.” Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. 2006.
- Emissions for agriculture projected to increase 80% by 2050. – http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v515/n7528/full/nature13959.html
- US Methane emissions from livestock and natural gas are nearly equal. – EPA. “Overview of Greenhouse Gases.”
- Reducing methane emissions would create tangible benefits almost immediately. – U.N. Press Release, Climate Summit 2014.
- Agriculture is responsible for 80-90% of US water consumption. – “USDA ERS – Irrigation & Water Use.” United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service. 2013.
- Growing feed crops for livestock consumes 56% of water in the US. – Jacobson, Michael F. “More and Cleaner Water.” In Six Arguments for a Greener Diet: How a More Plant-based Diet Could save Your Health and the Environment. Washington, DC: Center for Science in the Public Interest, 2006.
- Californians use 1500 gallons of water per person per day. Close to Half is associated with meat and dairy products. – Pacific Institute, “California’s Water Footprint”
- 477 gallons of water are required to produce 1lb. of eggs; almost 900 gallons of water are needed for 1lb. of cheese. – “Meateater’s Guide to Climate Change & Health.” Environmental Working Group.
- 1,000 gallons of water are required to produce 1 gallon of milk. – Water Footprint Network, “Product Water Footprints”.
- 5% of water consumed in the US is by private homes. 55% of water consumed in the US is for animal agriculture. – Jacobson, Michael F. “More and Cleaner Water.” In Six Arguments for a Greener Diet: How a More Plant-based Diet Could save Your Health and the Environment. Washington, DC: Center for Science in the Public Interest, 2006.
- Animal agriculture is responsible for up to 91% of Amazon destruction. – World Bank. “Causes of Deforestation of theBrazilian Amazon”, Margulis, Sergio. Causes of Deforestation of the Brazilian Rainforest. Washington: World Bank Publications, 2003, WORLD BANK WORKING PAPER NO. 22
- The leading causes of rainforest destruction are livestock and feedcrops. – “Livestock impacts on the environment.” Food and agriculture organization of the United Nations (fao). 2006.
- Livestock or livestock feed occupies 1/3 of the earth’s ice-free land. – FAO. “Livestock a major threat to environment”
- 2-5 acres of land are used per cow. – The Diverse Structure and Organization of U.S. Beef Cow-Calf Farms / EIB-73: study by USDA – Economic Research Service ( for acres/cow- pages 12 and 13)
- Nearly half of the contiguous US is devoted to animal agriculture. – U.S. extrapolated data from EPA, Land Uses.
- 1/3 of the planet is desertified, with livestock as the leading driver. – “UN launches international year of deserts and desertification.” UN news centre, 2006.
- 1.5 acres can produce 37,000 pounds of plant-based food, but 1.5 acres produces only 375 pounds of meat. – Oppenlander, Richard A. Less Meat, and Taking Baby Steps Won’t Work. Minneapolis, MN : Langdon Street, 2013. Print, Direct Seeded Vegetable Crops, Johnny Seeds, USDA NASS, “One Acre of Washington’s farmers land”, Iowa State University Animal Industry Report 2012.
- Livestock operations on land have created more than 500 nitrogen flooded deadzones around the world in our oceans. – PRESS RELEASE, LOUISIANA UNIVERSITIES MARINE CONSORTIUM August 4, 2014, NOAA News, 2014.
- A farm with 2,500 dairy cows produces the same amount of waste as a city of 411,000 people. – “Risk Assessment Evaluation for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations.” U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Office of Research and Development. 2004.
- We could see fishless oceans by 2048. – Science, “Impacts of Biodiversity Loss on Ocean Ecosystem Services”. National Geographic, article Nov. 2006
- For every 1 pound of fish caught, up to 5 pounds of unintended marine species are caught and discarded as by-kill. – “Discards and Bycatch in Shrimp Trawl Fisheries.” UNITED NATIONS FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION (FAO).
- Scientists estimate as many as 650,000 whales, dolphins and seals are killed every year by fishing vessels. – Wasted Catch: Unsolved Problems in U.S. Fisheries Goldenberg, Suzanne. “America’s Nine Most Wasteful Fisheries Named.” The Guardian.