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The Best Thing You Can Do for the Planet Has Nothing to Do With Shorter Showers or Hybrid Cars

How is it possible that the drastic spike in human population is not the biggest problem for the environment? Human population has increased, that’s true, but animal agriculture has exploded. There are now 70 billion farmed animals on this planet.

This clip from the documentary Cowspiracy explores human consumption and animal consumption to determine their impact on resources. While the seven billion humans on earth do consume large quantities of food and water, cows alone (1.5 billion) drink over eight times more water and eat over six times more food. This massive quantity of resources are used just so that humans can eat meat from cows.

Environmental organizations not addressing this is like health organizations trying to stop lung cancer without addressing cigarette smoking.

Transitioning to a plant-based diet doesn’t just benefit personal health, it also vastly improves the state of the planet and the people living on it.

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Julia Helms

Julia Helms is an editorial intern at Forks Over Knives. She is a student at New York University earning her degree in Global Public Health and Communications. After being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, she transferred from the Fashion Institute of Technology to NYU to pursue a career in public health, concentrating on plant-based nutrition as a proactive form of disease prevention.

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