Food Shortages Could Force World Into Vegetarianism

An article written by John Vidal (Environment Editor) was posted fairly recently by theguardian stating that food shortages could lead the world into vegetarianism.

Photo: Parika Market, Guyana, South America by Ann

Directly from the article:

[Leading water scientists have issued one of the sternest warnings yet about global food supplies, saying that the world’s population may have to switch almost completely to a vegetarian diet over the next 40 years to avoid catastrophic shortages.

Humans derive about 20% of their protein from animal-based products now, but this may need to drop to just 5% to feed the extra 2 billion people expected to be alive by 2050, according to research by some of the world’s leading water scientists.

“There will not be enough water available on current croplands to produce food for the expected 9 billion population in 2050 if we follow current trends and changes towards diets common in western nations,” the report by Malik Falkenmark and colleagues at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) said.

“There will be just enough water if the proportion of animal-based foods is limited to 5% of total calories and considerable regional water deficits can be met by a … reliable system of food trade.”]

What do you think? Are we being proactive by engaging in a less water intensive diet by consuming little to no animal products?


4 thoughts on “Food Shortages Could Force World Into Vegetarianism

  1. Our food choices definitely affects EVERY single organism living on this Earth. Choices are easy to make if you know whether you are connected only to yourself and your family or you feel you are connected to the entire Universe. Which feeling would make you feel more expanded???

  2. I vote for a connectedness and sense of responsibility to all things. I think most people like the idea of inspiring change, but are overwhelmed and/or disillusioned by world issues. Many are unaware of the power they have as individuals, and do not realize that they can make a difference simply by changing the foods and products they consume. By eating less meat, and demanding organic, locally grown produce, we are impacting not only our lives, but the lives of others.

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