Karen Fiorito and Alex Arinsberg – Got Drought?
Grantee Name: Karen Fiorito and Alex Arinsberg
Project Name: Got Drought?
Grant Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Funding Partner: AWFW
Project Description: ‘Got Drought?’ is a billboard and social media campaign that raises awareness about how animal agriculture wastes water, pollutes the environment and contributes to climate change. This project utilizes visual graphics, social media, and interactive website and billboards to educate people about the effects of animal agriculture on our environment.
The mainstream media and our governments have done little to educate people on this issue. In fact, the American government spends $38 billion each year to subsidize meat and dairy, but only 0.04% of that ($17 million) to subsidize fruits and vegetables. Previously published data details what the impact would be if every U.S. citizen adopted a vegetarian diet for just one day. Keeping in mind that the impact of going full vegan would be even greater than vegetarian, as a country we would save 100 billion gallons of water, 1.5 billion pounds of crops that would otherwise be fed to livestock, 70 million gallons of gas, 3 million acres of land, 1.2 million tons of CO2, 3 million tons of soil erosion and $70 million in resulting economic damages, 4.5 million tons of animal excrement, which would eliminate almost 7 tons of ammonia emissions, a major air pollutant. Furthermore, globally, we feed 756 million tons of grain to farmed animals. If we fed that grain to the 1.4 billion people who are living in abject poverty, each of them would be provided more than half a ton of grain, or about 3 pounds of grain/day—that’s twice the grain they would need to survive— and that doesn’t even include the 225 million tons of soy that are produced every year, almost all of which is fed to farmed animals.
We believe, if people are given all the facts, most people will give up meat and dairy for the environment, their health, the animals and the global community.