Compassion in the World of Farming has many great publications and resources. They are not a vegan organization, but they want to improve the environment, human health, and the wellbeing of farm animals worldwide.
One of their publications, The Global Benefits of Eating Less Meat, is comprehension and informative. This 78 page free pdf includes health benefits, world hunger issues, pollution, food safety, and animal welfare. Download The Global Benefits of Eating Less Meat. A must read!
Also, check out all of their publications on Farming and the Environments (the movie Eat Less Meat gives a very good overview of why people should eat less meat).
In support of family farms and sustainable agriculture, check out this animated video The Meatrix II.
Growing cows is very inefficient. It takes 40 calories of fossil energy (oil) to produce 1 calorie of beef protein.
On the other hand, to produce 1 calorie of plant protein, it takes only 2.2 calories of fossil energy.
To cut down on our use of oil, reduce your consumption of meat.
Livestock is fed about 6 kg of plant protein to make 1 kg of animal protein. The US livestock population consumes more than 7 times as much grain as is consumed directly by the entire American population, and the livestock population on average outweighs the US human population by about 5 times.
Reference: Pimentel D, Pimentel M. Sustainability of meat-based and plant-based diets and the environment
Okay, we all know that U.S. factory farms are producing an over-whelming amount of animal waste, an estimated 500 million tons of manure every year, three times the amount produced by the human population of the U.S. Unlike human waste, however, livestock waste is not treated; it is dumped into pits and onto the land. Here is a fun little video representation.
At the end of the video it says, “Click here to stop Tyson Dirty Water Bailout Bill.” It takes you to an easy web form, which you can complete to urge your senators and representatives to oppose S.807.
What is S. 807? Oh, it is a lovely bill to amend the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 and allow manure not to be considered to be a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.
Eating a vegan diet or cutting back on your consumption of animal products will help to reduce animal waste pollution.
Read more on the Sierra Club Website.