The Truth about Factory Farming

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  1. 10 billion animals are slaughtered each year in the U.S.
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  2. Globally, animal agriculture uses about 77% of the world's farmland, but only produces 18% of our calories.Poore, J., & Nemecek, T. (2018). Reducing food’s environmental impacts through producers and consumers. Science, 360(6392), 987-992. doi:10.1126/science.aaq0216
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  6. 99% of all animals raised for food in the U.S.
    are raised on factory farms.
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  9. Plant-based foods like spinach, black beans, whole grain oats, nuts, and seeds are all high in protein.https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26797090/ "Chronic high protein intake (>2 g per kg BW per day for adults) may result in digestive, renal, and vascular abnormalities and should be avoided."
  10. If the world ate half as much meat, and we used this land to grow plant-based foods to directly feed people rather than animals on factory farms, we could feed every single person on earth
    today - plus an extra 2 billion people!
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