The animal industry simultaneously destroys our planet’s air, water, diversity, soil, atmosphere, and our own health. Comfortably Unaware brings to light all of these terrifying truths that have been hidden and ignored. “Please understand: this book is not about animal rights, although this is a very noble concern.” says Oppenlander. The book simply lays on the table the bare facts that everyone has a right to know about what is being done to the place we live without our knowledge.
It is not fair that we have been denied this information and that we have been led to believe that the animal industry will make our planet and our bodies healthier. Nor is it fair to deny ourselves the opportunity to learn the truth in a time when it is being exposed to members of the public who are willing to look for it. “Fifty-five percent of our fresh water is being given to livestock… Over 70 percent of the grain in the United States is fed to livestock… It takes 10 to 20 gallons of water to produce one pound of vegetables, fruit, soybeans, or grain… over 5000 gallons of water to produce one pound of meat… over 30 percent of all usable total land mass on the earth is used by livestock.” These are things that every person should be aware of, and has the right to be aware of.
Believe it or not, the unfairness of the issue continues relentlessly. It is unfair to those less fortunate than ourselves if we do not take the opportunity we are given to learn about ways that we can help the planet and all of its people. “Six million children in the world will die from starvation this year…1.1 billion people in the world are considered malnourished or suffering from hunger.” As a species, we can help these people through a method as ridiculously simple as eating a plant based diet. The land and resources used to produce meat, dairy and eggs could be used to grow a vastly larger amount of grains, fruits, vegetables, and legumes that would not only feed more people, but improve the health of every one of them.