Have you ever stopped to think about the resources required to make just one cheeseburger? From water and land use to the grain used to feed the animals, producing meat is highly resource intensive.

Approximately 70 billion farm animals are being raised for food annually, and the livestock system occupies around 45 percent of the world’s arable land. Although the goal of raising animals for meat and dairy may be to produce food for people, we are wasting an enormous amount of grain feeding animals instead of people.

Staggeringly, 75 percent of global soybean crops are being fed to livestock. Around 47 percent of soy and 60 percent of corn grown in the U.S. is fed to livestock. Despite the fact that we produce enough grain to feed 10 billion people on the planet, nearly one billion people currently suffer from hunger across the globe. What!?

If everyone in the U.S. left meat and dairy off the menu for a year, we could redirect enough grain to feed 1.4 billion people! Why are we feeding grain to cows when we could effectively solve world hunger?

Given the enormity of this issue and the simplicity of the potential solution, we can all play a role in helping to fix the food system. Ready to do something to change this? Join the #EatForThePlanet movement!


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