A recent study from Lancaster University reveals we already grow enough edible crops to feed not only the current human population but the one projected for 2050. But this would require the world to go vegan.
According to the article—“Current Global Food Production Is Sufficient to Meet Human Nutritional Needs in 2050 Provided There Is Radical Societal Adaptation”—we could supply plenty of healthy food to the 9.7 billion people expected to share the planet in 30 years, without changing current crop yield.
The article states:
Overall, industrialised meat and dairy production, which currently relies on feeding 34% of human-edible crop calories to animals globally, is highly inefficient in terms of the provision of human nutrition.
This isn’t the first study to conclude that a vegan world could feed the planet’s growing population. An analysis published in the Los Angeles Times this year claims we could feed all 327 million Americans, plus 390 million more people, simply by going vegan. Researchers determined that if the land required to produce animal products were used for a “nutritionally equivalent combination” of potatoes, peanuts, soybeans, and other edible plants, the total food available would increase by 120 percent.
If humans stopped using land and edible crops to feed animals bred and killed for meat and dairy, we could potentially end world hunger.
In fact, a 2015 Reuters article reports that U.N. officials believe going plant-based could alleviate human starvation: “Today half the world’s agricultural land is used for livestock farming, … which is far less efficient for feeding people—and worse for the environment—than producing grain, fruit and vegetables for direct human consumption.”
Raising animals for food (including land for grazing and growing feed crops) currently uses over one-third of the planet’s landmass. Imagine if this space were used to grow edible plants! To put it simply, we could help not only the billions of animals killed each year for food but the 815 million people who do not have enough to eat.
Cows, pigs, chickens, and fish raised and killed for food are subjected to unthinkable cruelties: tiny, filthy cages; horrific mutilations; and bloody, violent slaughter.
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By choosing a compassionate vegan diet you can help end world hunger and spare animals a lifetime of misery.