All life on the planet is connected. Everything we do has an impact, from the foods we eat to the products we buy. Many people don't often stop to think about how their choices affect other living beings and the environment.
Animal agriculture and modern factory farms have a negative impact on the environment. Pollution, pesticides, and the sheer volume of water used on factory farms are just some of the issues. In addition, it is estimated that at least twenty vegetarians could be fed on the amount of land used to feed just one person on a meat-based diet.
World hunger is a problem that affects much of the planet. According to the "Hunger Report 1993", Peter Uvin of Brown University World Hunger Program illustrated how a vegetarian diet can feed significantly more people than a meat-centered diet. Many poor & developing countries export grains and soybeans to the United States to feed the billions of animals raised for food, when in fact they could be using the grains to feed those that go hungry in their own countries.
In addition, the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations published a ground-breaking report in November 2006 on the connection between global warming and animal agriculture, showing how the livestock sector generates more greenhouse gas emissions than all forms of transportion. Another interesting report is the November 2009 World Watch Magazine report, which asserts that animal agriculture is to blame for at least half of the human-made greenhouse gases.
For more information on the connections between animal agriculture and the environment, please visit Green Your Diet.