Currently 50% of Earth’s grains are fed to animals while 1 billion people are starving everyday. 82% of starving children live in countries where food is given to animals which are then killed and eaten by developed countries such as USA, UK and most of EU.
“Hunger is not an issue of charity. It is an issue of justice.”
– Jacques Diouf
We are using over 60% of world’s water to raise animals for food while others don’t have water for a daily use.
As rising temperatures around the world, caused by climate change, wreak havoc on agricultural lands, those in the poorest countries will not even be able to cope with the impact of disappearing sources.
A plant-based diet requires only one third of the land needed to produce animal products (meat eggs and dairy). Imagine instead of wasting land and water if those years of feeding animals to grow at the size ready for slaughter, were used to grow plant food to be directly consumed by humans.
The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) predicts that by 2050 world meat production will have almost doubled.
It is predicted that in 2050 we will be 9 billion people on Earth. Now, in 2016, we are almost 7 billion. This is a huge problem regarding feeding the entire population.
And if we let’s say will remain only around 7 billion people, and not increase the population levels, consuming the western style diet, we will need 3 planets of the size of Earth to sustain ourselves.
A vegan diet is very sustainable because it requires only ⅓ of water and a ⅓ of the land to produce a plant based diet on the contrast to producing animal products and byproducts consumables.
“The most ethical diet just so happens to be the most environmentally sound diet and just so happens to be the healthiest.”
In order to feed one vegan person for an entire year we use ⅙ acre of land.
Feeding a vegetarian (consuming eggs and dairy) for one year, we need to triple the amount of land that a vegan needs to survive that same year. Feeding a meat eater one year, we use 18 times more the amount of land a vegan is using in the same amount of time. This is because on 1.5 acre (6070 square meters) of land you can grow 37 000 lbs (16.8 tons) of vegetables, but on the same surface only 375 lbs (75 kg) of meat.
With rising global food and water insecurity due to a myriad of environmental and socio-economic problems, there’s never been a better time to adopt a more sustainable way of living.