Whether we are vegetarian, vegan or omnivores it is important to educate ourselves about where the food we eat comes from. Every year in the U.S., nine billion farmed animals (not including fish) are confined in filthy conditions on factory farms, packed into trucks and sent to be slaughtered. Nearly all of the turkeys, cows, chickens, pigs and other farm animals used to produce meat, eggs and dairy products sold in the U.S. endure conditions that cause needless stress and suffering. Dr. Bronner’s believes that all animals should be treated humanely and with respect for their well-being.
Shifting to a more plant-based diet is not only more humane to animals but also good for the planet. Factory farms raising thousands of animals generate huge amounts of manure that pollutes the soil, water and air. Feeding farm animals grain diverts valuable crops that could be used to feed people instead. 15% of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture, and expansion of livestock is a key factor in deforestation. We can transition to better food systems through our daily food choices!
Every time we sit down to eat, we can improve our health and stand up for animals, simply by choosing to leave them off our plates. For those who do choose to eat meat, dairy and fish, yet are still concerned about the impact of their food choices, using the following resources can help reduce the suffering and damage caused by animal industries: