Fact Sheet: Food & Drink

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Facts About Livestock Farming

80% of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest is attributed to beef production

The Amazon rainforest absorbs 20% of greenhouse gases

20% of the Amazon rainforest has been destroyed in the past 40 years

The Amazon produces up to 25% of the plants used in modern medicine

You can produce the following pounds per acre:
> Tomatoes: 50,000
> Potatoes: 40,000
> Carrots: 30,000
> Beef: 250

Facts About Water

Only 2.5% of water on the planet is fresh and only 1% of that is accessible for human consumption

23% of the planet’s freshwater is devoted to livestock

800 million people worldwide lack access to clean water

2.7 billion people find water scarce for at least one month of the year

It takes
> 1,800 gallons of water to produce 1pound of beef
> 2,000 gallons of water to produce 1 gallon of milk
> 576 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of pork
> 468 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of chicken
> 119 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of potatoes

Eating a plant-based diet for just one day can save 1,500 gallons of water

Facts About Species
There has been a 58% decline in the numbers of fish, mammals, birds and reptiles worldwide since 1970

Up to 137 plant, animal and insect species are lost every day due to rainforest destruction

Eat for the Planet, Nil Zacharias and Gene Stone, ABRAMS 2018

Limiting your meat intake to 3 times a week could prevent:

> 31,000 deaths from heart disease
> 9,000 deaths from cancer
> 5,000 deaths from stroke

…and save the NHS £1.2b a year in costs

The cost of meat has risen 10% since 2007

Cutting meat and dairy from your diet can reduce your carbon footprint by two-thirds

Households are responsible for 69% of all food waste, which equates to £15 billion a year
Food Surplus and Food Waste in the UK: Key Facts, Wrap

The average family of four could save £70 a months by reducing their food waste