2 It takes 660 gallons of water to make one hamburger (LA Times). If that sounds like a lot of water, it is! For anyone taking military showers or avoiding almonds to save water, swapping your hamburger for a veggie burger is a healthy and easy way to save a lot of water.
3 Factory farms raise 99.9 percent of chickens, 99 percent of turkeys, 95 percent of pigs, and 78 percent of cattle currently sold in the United States (HuffPo). So the next time you see packaging or labels that show the animals happily grazing in wide-open fields, chances are it’s a bunch of bull.
4 Americans consume more than a billion pounds of shrimp annually (Guardian), including nearly half of Thailand’s yearly production. Did you know that a shockingly high percentage of this shrimp is peeled by slaves? The AP reports that the U.S. State Department has previously tied seafood processed in this way to 55 countries on six continents, including major suppliers to the U.S. Ninety percent of the people who peel shrimp globally are women. The next time someone offers you a shrimp cocktail, you’ll know what to do.