Chances are that you who are reading this article are doing so after having enjoyed a satisfying meal and with the full certainty that the next one will be equally satisfying as will the one after that and so on and on because food for you is always plentiful. I know that as I was writing this piece my stomach was full while my refrigerator and pantry were overflowing with a wide variety of foods. You and I are quite confident that we won’t ever go unfed. However, these happy facts are not true for every individual on this planet.
Statistics show that about 925 million people (men, women and children) around the world go hungry most of their lives and a large percentage of them actually die of starvation!
But it doesn’t have to be that way! Planet Earth is perfectly capable of feeding all of its inhabitants, but only if we live in accordance with Mother Nature’s intent.
Mother Nature intended for us to live as herbivores and that is why our digestive system is constructed for metabolizing and digesting plant-based foods. With powerful brains for creative innovation, people have taught themselves to eat and enjoy animals and their byproducts but the consequence of that is disease — disease within our own bodies and disease within the global environment which then leads to famine, pestilence and mass starvation.
The reality is that the total number of people Earth can feed is directly related to the amount of meat that is ingested. Here are a few numbers for you to consider:
- If every individual in the world takes in 25% of their calories from animal products, only 3.2 billion people will have enough food to eat. Reducing the 25% to 15%, will ensure that 4.2 billion people can be fed.
- To feed every single individual of the nearly 7 billion people inhabiting this planet, it would necessitate everyone to become vegan. In other words, to consume only plants.
- As per studies published by the USDA and the United Nations, one acre of land on which cattle is raised for the meat industry generates 20 pounds of consumable protein. That same one acre could be used to produce about 360 pounds of plant protein such as soybeans. That equates to a yield that is 18 times greater. Imagine how many more people could be fed!
- Growing enough grain to feed livestock uses up huge amounts of water. While it takes approximately 300 gallons of water per day to grow the food to feed a vegan, it takes well over 4,000 gallons of water per day to grow the food to feed a meat eater. More water is saved by refusing to eat just one pound of beef than by abstaining from taking showers for a whole year.
- If we take all the arable lands on this planet and add them up to then equally divide among every person on earth, everyone would get 2/3 of an acre. This would be more than enough to sustain him or her but only if they maintain a plant-based diet because it takes 1/6 of an acre of land to feed a vegan but 3 1/4 acres of land are required to feed a meat eater.
The World Watch Institute has been declaring that “meat consumption is an inefficient use of grain. The grain is used more efficiently when consumed by humans. Continued growth in meat output is dependent on feeding grain to animals, creating competition for grain between affluent meat eaters and the world’s poor.”
“If everyone in the world became vegan, farm animals would overpopulate and die and farmers will be out of job.”
I’ve heard this statement many times and here is how I always answer:
If everyone in the world became vegan, people would stop breeding farm animals and then they will no longer be forced to reproduce so prolifically. This will rapidly reduce their population to natural levels which will then enable them to easily assimilate into the animal kingdom. Farmers can continue farming plants and the meat and dairy industries, which have been thriving thus far, can finally turn to vegan-friendly endeavors.
Vegans have the solution for world hunger. For more information, please read my Vegan Diet & Animal-Free Lifestyle – A Journey Into Veganism that can be found at Amazon.com. Also at Amazon, you will find my Hanna Getty author page and my newest eBook: Smoothie Recipes for Weight Loss: The Daily Diet, Cleanse & Green Smoothie Detox Book.
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