Ending world hunger
Everyday 840 million people around the world, including 200 million children go hungry. 60 million people die of starvation each year but much of the world’s grain harvest (40%) goes to feed livestock.
80% of the corn grown is consumed by livestock. Other high quality foods such as wheat and soy that could be fed to humans are being fed to animals.
5 kgs of plant protein is fed to chicken to obtain 1kg of animal protein, upto 16 kilos of grain to produce 1 kilo of meat or milk.
20 vegetarians can be fed on the amount of land needed to feed one non-vegetarian. It is far more ecological to grow grains, fruits and vegetables than raise animals. It takes just .07 hectare to produce enough food for a vegan.
This is my protest against the conduct of the world. To be a vegetarian is to disagree–to disagree with the course of things today. Starvation, world hunger, cruelty, waste, wars–we must make a statement against these things. Vegetarianism is my statement and I think it’s a strong one. —Isaac Bashevis Singer
Human rights and slaughterhouses
Slaughterhouses are some of the worst workplaces. The workers are poor, often illiterate, and sometimes children. They are treated almost as callously as the animals dying by the billions in those same facilities. The pay is low, turnover is high, and injuries and illnesses are frequent and often severe.