Welcome Green Monsters! We're your online guide to making conscious choices that help people, animals and the planet.
Download food monster: the biggest, baddest, yummiest vegan food app!
single

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR Newsletter

The animal agriculture industry is renowned for being one of the most resource-intensive industries on the planet. It occupies approximately 45 percent of the Earth’s total land area, and estimates of its contribution to our planet’s greenhouse gas emissions problem range from at least 14 percent to a maximum of 51 percent. In addition, it has seriously jeopardized the future of the Amazon rainforest and pushed many wild species to the brink of extinction.

The animal agriculture industry’s heavy water consumption has also emerged as a matter of grave concern among environmental groups. In the drought-stricken state of California, for example, agricultural activities make up around 93 percent of the state’s water footprint, with the majority of this figure being derived from meat and dairy production. The Worldwatch Institute has estimated that it takes approximately 4,200 gallons of water per day to produce the average meat and dairy-centric diet, compared to around 300 gallons for a plant-based diet. It was recently revealed that four billion people are suffering from water scarcity around the globe – far more than had been previously estimated.

Earlier this month, a report by Environment America (EA) revealed that Tyson Foods, Inc. – one of the world’s largest meat producers – dumped 104 million pounds of toxic pollutants into U.S. waterways from 2010 to 2014. However, it seems that this news only represented the tip of the iceberg. In a new analysis of the nation’s top fifteen water polluters, EA has discovered that an incredible half of the names on that list are agribusiness corporations.

The full list can be seen below. It reveals, in stark detail, the staggering toll that the human appetite for meat and dairy is taking on our environment.

What the List of Top U.S. Polluters Tells Us About the Impact of Our Food Choices – and How We Can Make a DifferenceEnvironment America – Analysis of EPA Toxic Inventory Release Program

 

 

While other agribusiness companies represented here – such as Perdue Farms, McCain Foods, and United Global Foods – did not pollute our waterways to quite the same extent as Tyson Foods, the fact that such a high number of meat and dairy producers made the list should be enough to get our alarm bells ringing. There is no doubt that the factory farm system used to produce the vast majority of meat and dairy products in the U.S. today is deeply unsustainable.

As the leading organization at the forefront of the conscious consumerism movement, it is One Green Planet’s view that our food choices have the power to heal our broken food system, give species a fighting chance for survival, and pave the way for a truly sustainable future. By choosing to eat more plant-based foods, you can help ensure that our vital water resources are kept clean and protected and that our food system will be able to support the planet’s growing population.

Click on the graphic below for more information

BANNERplate



Want to read more posts like this? Sign up for our newsletter below!​

Browse through some recent posts below:

We’ve Lost 20 Percent of the Planet’s Wilderness in Just 20 Years – Here’s Why We Need to Act

Earth’s Wildlife Has Declined by Almost 20 Percent in Just Twenty Years – Here’s Why We Need to Take Action Today

These Incredible Indigenous People are Putting Their Lives on the Line to Protect Ancient Forests

These Incredible Indigenous People are Putting Their Lives on the Line to Protect Ancient Forests

3 Shocking Stats About Plastic in the Oceans That Will Make You Take Action – NOW!

3 Shocking Stats About Marine Plastic - And How You Can Help

What Our Love for Hamburgers Has to Do With Wildlife Extermination and Habitat Destruction

Livestock VS Wildlife The Impact of Cattle Grazing and Animal Agriculture

Disclosure: One Green Planet accepts advertising, sponsorship, affiliate links and other forms of compensation, which may or may not influence the advertising content, topics or articles written on this site. Click here for more information.

11 comments on “What the List of Top U.S. Polluters Tells Us About the Impact of Our Food Choices – and What We Can Do”

Click to add comment
Zoe Brechbuhler
6 Months Ago

Conal Grewar


Reply
Zoe Brechbuhler
6 Months Ago

Conal Grewar


Reply
Felina Adkins
6 Months Ago

Less water, more people, more trash, warming climate, .... Just stop consuming so much.


Reply
Felina Adkins
6 Months Ago

Less water, more people, more trash, warming climate, .... Just stop consuming so much.


Reply
Philippe Tondi
6 Months Ago

It's only logical


Reply
Eunice Peh
6 Months Ago

Javier Guo


Reply
Eunice Peh
6 Months Ago

Javier Guo


Reply
Rachel Cossette
7 Months Ago

La même liste pour les pollueurs du Canada serait apprécié!


Reply
Exist Green
7 Months Ago

Nobody can argue this data! Thanks for publishing this story - I am so excited to see this new food revolution in the making.


Reply
Kris Cervini
7 Months Ago

shared


Reply


Subscribe to our Newsletter




Follow us on


Do Not Show This Again

×

Submit to OneGreenPlanet


Terms & Conditions ×