For the Planet

Farming animals is ruining New Zealand’s clean, green image. Our waterways, land and reputation are under threat from animal farming.

So, it’s no wonder that the UN is urging the world move to a meat and dairy-free diet.

Consider that:

  • Over 50% of the land cleared in New Zealand is used for animal farming. Globally, one third of our planet’s landmass has already been cleared to farm animals, making animal farming the leading cause of deforestation around the world
  • Farms consume more food than they produce. On average it takes 6 kg or plant protein to produce just 1 kg of animal protein
  • The New Zealand Ministry for the Environment reports that runoff from animal farms is so toxic it is contaminating surrounding groundwater and streams, making it the worst threat to our freshwater ecosystems
  • An estimated one third of the world’s cereal harvest is fed to farmed animals. That would be enough grain to feed about 3 billion people
  • Scientists predict that at current fishing rates the oceans’ fish populations could collapse by 2050
  • Raising animals for food contributes to more greenhouse gases than any other sector (including transportation) New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions are the fifth highest per capita among 40 developed countries.

Want to learn more? One of the most comprehensive reports ever written on the environmental effects of farming animals, check out the United Nation’s report, Livestock’s Long Shadow.

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