Did you know that more than 800 million people on the planet are living without access to safe drinking water? Between watering the crops that farmed animals eat, providing drinking water for billions of animals each year and cleaning away the filth from farms, trucks and slaughterhouses, the farmed-animal industry places a serious strain on our water supply.
Now, think about this: it is estimated that it takes nearly 9,500 litres of water to produce 1 pound of meat, whereas growing 1 pound of wheat requires only 95 litres. Eating meat is not only cruel to animals but also unfair to the millions of people who struggle for water – one of our most basic needs.
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The following are ways in which you can help save water:
- Go vegan. If you haven’t already gone vegan, remember: ditching dairy products, meat, eggs and other animal products is the number one way to help the planet, other people and animals. And it’s easy. Try the delicious vegan recipes and order our FREE vegetarian/vegan starter kit for helpful tips.
- Tell your friends to go vegan. Be proud, and share the good news! We all have the power to make a huge impact and save lives – simply by choosing different food. Tell them that “Meat’s Not Green” and explain how they can help save our planet by going meat- and dairy-free.
- Ditch leather. Leather factories wreak havoc on the environment. The leather tanneries around the Ganges have been cited for dumping toxic metals such as chromium into the river. All waste that contains chromium is considered hazardous. Tannery effluent also contains large amounts of other pollutants, such as protein, hair, salt, lime, sludge, sulphides and acids. Groundwater near tanneries has been found to contain highly elevated levels of lead, cyanide and formaldehyde. Shop for non-leather products and save water from pollution. Also, did you know that it takes 8,000 litres of water to produce just one pair of leather shoes?
- Stop wasting water. The best way to stop wasting water is to stop eating animals, but keep these tips in mind, too: double-check faucets before you leave a room (don’t let them drip!), don’t let the water run while doing dishes, take shorter showers and scrub fruits and veggies in a bowl of water instead of letting the water run over them.
- Share this blog post. We all have those friends or family members who claim that we “don’t care about people” – right? Well, share these facts with them, and let them know that the best way that we can help animals is also the best way to fight world hunger and climate change!
Doesn’t it feel good to know that the simple choices that you make will literally save lives?