There are a few things that cross our minds when we sit down to eat a meal. We’re probably thinking about how excited we are to eat or are in the midst of patting ourselves on the back for creating a wholesome and delicious meal. But it’s pretty safe to say, we don’t look at the food on our plates and start calculating their carbon and water footprints … or consider how many acres of rainforest were cut down to make our little burgers possible. Suffice it to say, there’s a whole lot we miss about the impact caused by producing our food when we just see it on our tables.
This is a major problem because our global food system dominated by industrial animal agriculture is at the heart of our environmental crisis.
This destructive industry currently occupies over half of the world’s arable land resources, uses the majority of our freshwater stores, and drives greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, this system causes rampant air and water pollution, land degradation, deforestation and is pushing countless species to the brink of extinction. And yet, one in eight people still suffer from food scarcity.
Unfortunately, it seems we are doing a much better job at feeding the 20-odd billion farm animals raised for meat and dairy on the planet than we are people. And most frighteningly, our pursuit of expanding animal agriculture is putting our future food security at great risk.
To shine a light on this problem, we created a series of graphics to help people make the connection between their food … and its cost.