THE FACTS



- Is Humanity A Cancer On The Planet? -

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HUMANS USE 20% OF THE LAND AREA OF THE PLANET FOR MANAGED FORESTRY

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). Humans use 30 MKm2 out of 148 MKm2 for managed forestry.

HUMANS USE 31% OF THE LAND AREA OF THE PLANET FOR GRAZING FARMED ANIMALS

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). Humans use 46 MKm2 out of 148 MKm2 for grazing farmed animals.

HUMAN BIOMASS TODAY IS MORE THAN DOUBLE THE BIOMASS OF ALL WILD MEGAFAUNA FROM 10,000 YEARS AGO

Please see A. Barnosky, "Megafauna Biomass Tradeoff as a Driver of Quaternary and Future Extinctions," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vo 105, Suppl. 1, August 2008. The biomass of 7.5 Billion humans today works out to approximately 500 Million metric tons. The biomass of all wild megafauna from 10K years ago is estimated to be 200 Million metric tons.

HUMANS EXTRACT FIVE TIMES AS MUCH FOOD FROM THE EARTH FOR FARMED ANIMALS THAN FOR THEMSELVES

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 1.54 Gigatons that we consume.

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

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

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

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.

52% OF THE BIOMASS OF WILD VERTEBRATES DISAPPEARED BETWEEN 1970 AND 2010

For 2010 figures, please see World Wildlife Fund Living Planet Report 2014

58% OF THE BIOMASS OF WILD VERTEBRATES DISAPPEARED BETWEEN 1970 AND 2012

For 2012 figures, please see World Wildlife Fund Living Planet Report 2016

AT 3% RATE OF DECLINE PER YEAR, WILD VERTEBRATES WILL DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY BY 2026

52% of wild vertebrates died between 1970 and 2010. At an additional 3% rate of decline per year, 100% of wild vertebrates will die between 1970 and 2026.





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AT THE MOMENT, WHILE SOME PEOPLE EAT 3 MEALS PER DAY, OTHERS EAT 2 MEALS PER DAY, WHICH WORKS OUT TO A RANGE OF 730-1095 MEALS PER YEAR. IN THE CALCULATIONS BELOW, WE ASSUME THAT HUMANS EAT 1,000 MEALS PER YEAR.



- Conventional Meal -

AT EVERY MEAL, WE SERVE 9 MILLION TONS OF CONVENTIONAL FOODS

Currently, humans consume 1.5 Billion tons of dry matter biomass of food per year and our animals consume 7.3 Billion tons, as shown in Fig 11.9, page 836, of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of Working Group 3 (WG3), Chapter 11. This works out to roughly 0.5 lbs of food per person per meal for direct consumption, while 2.5 lbs per person is fed to the animals. The animal food derived from that input is approximately 1 oz per person per meal, a 40:1 reduction in biomass up the trophic level.

AT EVERY MEAL, WE DRIVE 70 SPECIES EXTINCT

With our current consumption patterns, we are driving 200 species extinct each day, which works out to 70 species per meal.

AT EVERY MEAL, WE KILL 2 BILLION ANIMALS

With our current consumption patterns, we kill 0.97-2.7 Trillion sea animals and 74 Billion land animals per year for food alone. The mid-point of this range is roughly 2 Trillion animals per year, which works out to 2 Billion animals killed per meal.

AT EVERY MEAL, WE DESTROY 20,000 ACRES OF FORESTS

With our current consumption patterns, we destroy 30 Million acres of forests and let 10 Million acres of fallow land regenerate each year. This works out to a net destruction of 20 Million acres of forests each year or 20,000 acres per meal.

AT EVERY MEAL, WE DEGRADE 7 MILLION ACRES OF LAND

In the latest Global Land Outlook, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) states that 20% of the Earth's vegetated land is being degraded annually, which works out to a whopping 7.2 billion acres that are being degraded annually or 7 million acres per meal.

AT EVERY MEAL, WE HYPOXIFY 1 MILLION ACRES OF OCEAN DEAD ZONES

Annually, we create an area the size of the European Union in ocean dead zones due to fertilizer run off from industrial agriculture. This works out to roughly 2 million square miles annually or 1.3 million acres per meal. 

 


It is our duty to induce people, by any honest means necessary, to Go Vegan...
— Paraphrasing Mahatma Gandhi who said this about Khadi in 1926.

The Go Vegan Card

GOING VEGAN is the single most powerful act that we can do today. The "Go Vegan" card is a simple device to empower Vegans into becoming effective activists. It contains all the useful information for a Vegan transition in a simple format that is easy to follow. When you hand this card to a friend or relative, you are turning them into a potent force for positive change on Earth.

We firmly believe that in the metamorphosis to Vegan World 2026! over the next few years, the single-most potent force for positive change is the informed consumer. Through our trilogy of documentaries, "The Human Experiment," "Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret," and "What The Health," we have established that our Governments, NGOs, Corporations and Institutions are constitutionally incapable of leading in this regard.

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 Front of "Go Vegan" Card

Front of "Go Vegan" Card

 
 Back of "Go Vegan" card

Back of "Go Vegan" card

 
We are what we eat, drink, think, say and do
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