Frequently Asked Questions

 
 
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How sure are you that year zero is 2026? Aren’t you extrapolating from just two data points?

LPR2014 reported that 52% of wild vertebrates died between 1970 and 2010. From 1970 to 2010, both human population and human per-capita consumption roughly doubled so that human impact on the planet increased by a factor of 3.84. If we extrapolate an exponential curve that has increased by a factor of 3.84 from 1970 to 2010 to determine when 100% of wild vertebrates would die off, the answer is around 2026. This calculation was corroborated when LPR2016 reported that 58% of wild vertebrates died between 1970 and 2012. Thus, even with just a linear extrapolation, at an additional 3% rate of decline per year, 100% of wild vertebrates will die off by YEAR ZERO : 2026.

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ANIMALS EAT ALMOST 40 times what they produce as meat, dairy and eggs

Please see Figure 11.9, Page 836, in Chapter 11 of Working Group 3 in the Fifth Assessment Report of the United Nations (UN) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Our farmed animals consume 7.27 Gigatons of dry matter biomass annually versus the 0.19 Gigatons of meat, dairy and eggs they provide for human food intake.

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HUMANS SLAUGHTERED 70 (74) BILLION LAND ANIMALS IN 2014 (2016)

Statistics accessed from United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) on Apr. 6, 2018.

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HUMANS CATCH AND KILL 1-3 TRILLION SEA ANIMALS EACH YEAR

Mood, A & Brooke, P. "Estimating the Number of Fish Caught in Global Fishing Each Year". July 2010

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HUMANS POUR 250 BILLION TONS OF TOXIC CHEMICALS INTO THE ENVIRONMENT EACH YEAR

Julian Cribb, "Surviving the 21st Century: Humanity's Ten Greatest Challenges and How We Can Overcome Them," Springer, 2017.

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83% of agricultural land is currently used for raising farm animals for food

Poore, J and Nemecek, T, “Reducing Food’s Environmental Impacts Through Producers and Consumers,” Science 360 (6392) 987-992, 01 Jun 2018.

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IF the world goes vegan, the extent of agricultural land that will be freed up for reforestation will be greater than the land area of the united states, european union, australia and china combined

Poore, J and Nemecek, T, “Reducing Food’s Environmental Impacts Through Producers and Consumers,” Science 360 (6392) 987-992, 01 Jun 2018.

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ANIMAL agriculture is the leading SOURCE of greenhouse gas emissions causing climate changE

Animal Agriculture is the leading source of greenhouse gas emissions when we take into account the Opportunity Cost of Animal Agriculture, i.e., the avoided carbon sequestration from land that is currently used for this purpose.

Total Carbon Added to the Atmosphere between 1750 and 2014 = 240 GtC
Total Carbon Sequestered by Reforesting 14% of the Earth’s Land Area = 265 GtC

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MOre than 80% of the human food intake is already plant-based

Poore, J and Nemecek, T, “Reducing Food’s Environmental Impacts Through Producers and Consumers,” Science 360 (6392) 987-992, 01 Jun 2018.

Please see also Figure 11.9, Page 836, in Chapter 11 of Working Group 3 in the Fifth Assessment Report of the United Nations (UN) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).


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It is totally unnecessary to eat animal foods for health or survival

“It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes.”

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Following a plant-based lifestyle can reverse and prevent fourteen of the fifteen leading causes of death, including cancer and heart disease

Please see Dr. Michael Greger’s video and the accompanying text for scientific and medical references that back up this claim.

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DUE TO THE INCREasing variety of DELICIOUS plant-based food options, it is now easier than ever to go vegan

We know that we don't have to appeal to your taste buds when the earth is being ravaged and the animals are dying in front of our eyes, but isn’t it nice to know that a nonviolent Vegan World will be beautiful, bountiful and filled with culinary delights as well? There are now numerous resources available for mentoring and personal help with your Vegan transition.