This is a scary number. The world’s population is on schedule to hit 9 billion by 2050. As the Earth is not getting larger, this means more people taking up more food and less room to grow food. This means more food shortages. And if we continue to experience extreme droughts like the one hitting parts of the US this summer, food shortages are going to become more prevalent.
Right now humans derive about 20% of their protein needs from animal-based products. Based on research by some of the world’s leading water scientists, humans will need to drop this down to 5% to have enough meat to feed the extra 2+ billion people expected on the earth in 38 years. That’s scary, but that’s not all. These scientists believe that IF we drop animal-product consumption down to 5% per person we will have JUST ENOUGH water to supply the world – and that’s with a reliable food trade system in place across the globe.
If you think you’re safe because you’re in a first world country, you’re wrong. We’ve seen just this summer alone how droughts can greatly affect food prices and food prices aren’t going to go down. The days of cheap food are over. This will greatly hinder the development of second world countries along with devastating third world countries. This will affect first world consumption as well.
Thirsty Cattle in Kansas via the Guardian
So what to do? Meatless Mondays should be taken seriously. And should turn into Meatless Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and then Meatless Weeks and eventually becoming a complete and total vegetarian. Animal protein-rich food consumes five to 10 times more water than a vegetarian diet. One third of the world’s arable land is used to grow crops to feed animals. Soooo cutting back on eating meat, the global need for meat, and the land used for raising animals for consumption will give the world more potable water. Get it?
Read more about water shortages and how it affects the world’s population from the Guardian.
Will you become a vegetarian?