Livestock are responsible for 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions [19]. If demand continues to grow, agriculture-related emissions could increase by 77 percent, due in part to increased deforestation and increased emissions from livestock [20].

  Livestock production already takes up 30 percent of the planet’s land mass and 70 percent of agricultural land worldwide [2]. In order to meet the demands of a growing population, cropland could expand another 42 percent by 2050 if current dietary trends continue [20].

  Meat production is one of the primary drivers of wildlife extinction, with livestock grazing alone contributing to the demise of 22 percent of endangered species in the United States [11].

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