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Could Veganism End World Hunger?

It is easy to feel helpless in the fight against malnutrition when you hear about the 925 million* men, women and children who are facing this devastating crisis today. But there is something you can do about it, and it begins with what you choose to put our your own dinner plate.

This video from the Evolve! Campaign summarizes some startling facts from 2010 about how a plant-based diet and vegan choices could END world hunger. While this may sound too good to be true, you may be surprised to find out that the amount of grain produced globally today is enough to feed the world TWICE over, but instead the majority of it is being fed to farmed animals!

If you’re concerned about animal rights, water conservation, clean air and health then you may already be on the road to becoming vegan – so why not take five minutes and find out how veganism could end world hunger?

*This video is from last year and states that 840 million people were going hungry at the time it was made. New statistics have been released to date demonstrating that over 925 million people are now going hungry and 55% of the 12 million childhood deaths recorded each year are due to malnutrition.

Look for my post on vegan choices to end world hunger, with updated statistics, coming soon!

 

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2:38PM PDT on Mar 13, 2014

Yes, but I am not sure we could get the nutrients we all need as Fran H. has pointed out. The health food stores are well versed on what to sell you when you go vegan, that tells us a lot.

6:50AM PST on Jan 16, 2014

Children should never be Vegan. As humans are Omnivores, children need all foods to grow and develop their brains

1:01AM PST on Jan 16, 2014

The whole gardening and farming transition to organic sustainable foods for mankind to eat -- is something done one step at a time -- so that there is no horrible alarming transition -- rather must be, needs to be -- a -- peaceful -- thoughtful -- willing -- and even enjoyable transition.

12:56AM PST on Jan 16, 2014

With some good and excellent food lists and their nutritional value, and some good and excellent cookbooks -- becoming a vegetarian of some sort -- would not be hard: Also, becoming a vegan in part would not be hard.

12:52AM PST on Jan 16, 2014

If the people who choose to become vegetarians go vegetarian, and the people who choose to be vegan go vegan -- then that will help save the earth, water, air, and people!
If the few who are are not vegan or vegetarian -- choose to eat less meat that will help.
If the few animals that are raised -- are humanely raised and grass fed organic non-gmo and or free-range organic non-gmo -- that will help.

The gift to choose will help!
Good and Excellent Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes and simple snack foods -- will help!

4:32AM PDT on Oct 22, 2013

Darren W. The world would not slip into massive turbulence if we all became vegans. This would take a little time and there would be good opportunity for people to change and adapt their employment, use of land and storage and distribution facilities.

5:36AM PDT on Oct 20, 2013

@ Julia R: That would be incorrect

Most grains eaten by cattle isn't for human consumption: We just can't digest it as we're not herbivores

Best thing? BIRTH CONTROL

11:56PM PDT on Oct 19, 2013

Very true Bryan S.! If countries like the U.S. who imports grain from other countries to feed livestock, used their land instead to produce grain there would be enough grain to feed the world twice over! Then you wouldn't have millions of people dying of starvation.

2:15AM PDT on Sep 30, 2013

Got to ask:

All you Vegans out there, how many work for a place that sells supplements?

9:40PM PDT on Sep 27, 2013

I'm not sure; many people rely on hunting and a shepherd type lifestyle, and fish may be more a staple in some coastal areas.

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