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Why Food Is Important

Everyday food choices can make a big impact

Stay Healthy

A plant-based diet can help you to avoid getting sick and speed your recovery if you do.

Meat-eaters are more likely than others to experience heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes.

Many chronic diseases can be controlled, reduced, or even reversed by moving to a whole-food, plant-based diet.

Approximately 65% of humans, including 75% of African-Americans and 90-100% of East Asians,, are lactose intolerant. Milk consumption can lead to bloating, cramps, and nausea.

Slow Climate Change

Cutting meat and dairy products from your diet can reduce your carbon footprint by over 70%.

Animal agriculture creates more greenhouse gases worldwide than the entire transportation sector – that’s more than all planes, trains, cars, and ships combined!

Rainforests are the “lungs of the planet” exchanging carbon dioxide for oxygen. Animal agriculture drives 80% of deforestation in the Amazon.

Animal Welfare

99% of the animals we eat spend their lives in dark, crowded sheds.

Chickens have their beaks seared off and pigs have their tails and testicles removed.

The agriculture industrial complex hides what goes on in factory farms and slaughterhouses from the public.

By shifting to more plant-rich diets, we spare animals miserable lives and often tortuous deaths.

Save Fertile Land

Raising 9 billion land animals every year for food in the US alone and growing the grain to feed them, requires tremendous amounts of land.

One-third of the earth’s arable land is used to grow feed for livestock and, while 26% is used for grazing.

More than 260 million acres of U.S. forest have been cleared to grow grain to feed farmed animals.

If everyone ate half as much meat, the land saved could produce enough food to feed 9 billion people; the current global population plus population growth of 2 billion.

Save More Water

Eating more plant-based foods is one of the most effective ways to save water.

Switching from a hamburger to a veggie burger – just once! – saves as much water as a month’s worth of showers.

Manure and fertilizer from industrial farms pollute rivers and streams, poisoning drinking water and killing off fish.

Excess nitrogen and phosphorus cause massive algae blooms. Decomposing algae consumes oxygen, killing all other aquatic species.


Gallons of water saved


Square feet of forest saved


Pounds of grain saved


Pounds of C02 saved

Small changes in your diet, over time, make a big difference!

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