Animal Agriculture Wastes One-Third of Drinkable Water (and 8 Other Facts for World Water Day)

World Water Day is meant to raise awareness of the importance of protecting fresh water. Sadly, this valuable resource is under siege by the factory farming industry.
According to National Geographic, 70 percent of the planet is covered by water, but only 2.5 percent of it is fresh. This means a very small percentage of the world’s water is drinkable.
While many of us have the luxury of not having to worry about where our water comes from, billions of people aren’t as fortunate. In fact, an estimated three in 10 people worldwide—2.1 billion—lack access to safe drinking water.
What’s more, the world as a whole is running out of fresh water. A 2015 report from NASA found that the world’s largest aquifers, a vital source of fresh water for countless people, were being drained at an alarming rate.
While several factors contribute to the depletion of fresh water, one of the main causes is animal agriculture. Don’t believe us? Consider these facts:
Clearly, there is no such thing as “sustainable meat, and plant-based alternatives to meat, dairy, and eggs take a mere fraction of the resources to produce as their animal-based counterparts.
A vegan diet is not only good for the planet; it also spares countless animals a lifetime of misery at factory farms. Pigs, cows, chickens, and other farmed animals suffer horribly. These innocent animals face unimaginable cruelties: extreme confinement; brutal mutilations; and bloody, violent deaths.
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