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Mitigate climate change

Mitigate climate change

Meat and dairy production puts a significant strain on our ecological systems. Transitioning to a more sustainable and ethical food system is the broad scale change we need.

Fact #1:

An estimated 50,000 litres of water go into a single kilogram of beef. With that much water you could take 105 eight-minute showers a day!

Fact #2:

In Australia, direct livestock emissions account for about 70% of greenhouse gas emissions by the agricultural sector

Fact #3:

Beef produces the most greenhouse gas emissions, which include methane. A global average of 50kg of greenhouse gases is released per 3.5oz of protein.

Fact #4:

Beef requires 20 times more land and emits 20 times more greenhouse gas emissions per gram of edible protein than common plant proteins, such as beans.

Fact #5:

Animal agriculture takes up land and is a leading cause of deforestation. In 2018, 30 million acres of tropical rainforest were lost.

Fact #6:

Plant-based meat uses between 72% to 99% less water than conventional meat (L-water/kg-meat).

Fact #7:

Methane, a greenhouse gas, has over 25 times the impact on our planet as carbon dioxide over a 100-year period.

Fact #8:

Plant-based meat requires no antibiotics at all. It also greatly reduces the risk of antifungal resistance, which can arise from the use of fungicides on crops, because  plant-based meat requires much less crop production than conventional meat.

Fact #9:

Producing animal-based foods generates more greenhouse gas emissions than plant-based foods, which is why shifting toward a more plant-based or plant-forward diet is recognised as a solution for curbing greenhouse gas emissions and addressing climate change.

Fact #10:

1 litre of cow’s milk requires 628 litres of water

Fact #11:

It takes about 25 kilograms of feed to produce one kilogram beef, 15kg for 1kg lamb, 6.4kg for 1kg pork, 3.3kg for 1kg eggs, and 0.7kg for 1kg whole milk.

Fact #12:

Livestock contributes nearly two-thirds of agriculture’s greenhouse gas and 78% of its methane emissions.

Fact #13:

It takes more than 11 times as much fossil fuel to make one calorie from animal protein as it does to make one calorie from plant protein.


Fact sheet: Food systems and climate change.

How much water is used in the production of plant-based products?

Feed required to produce one kilogram of meat or dairy product