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Veganism or Extinction?

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Veganism or Extinction?

Recently The Guardian came out with the headline “Food shortages could force world into vegetarianism, warn scientists

It appears that leading water scientists are painting a dark picture for our future, entailing catastrophic water shortages unless we as a global community switch “almost completely to a vegetarian diet over the next 40 years.”

It is important to note that while they use the term “vegetarian” in their report, they are referring to a reduction in the use of all animal products (meat, eggs, dairy, etc.) currently making up about 20% of our collective diet.

While news about the likelihood of a world water crisis is nothing new, it appears that the scientific community may be finally ready to recognize, in some small part, how the abuse of our fellow animals has led to the abuse of our planet, including its clean water reserves.

If immediate changes in our food production system do not begin to take place, by 2050 we will not have enough water to produce food for the extra two billion people expected to live on this planet by that time. With 900 million people already starving and two billion suffering from malnutrition, we can only imagine the loss of life if conditions are allowed to worsen.

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Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

Gentle World is a vegan intentional community and non-profit organization, whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making such a transition. For more information about vegan food and other aspects of a vegan lifestyle, visit the Gentle World website and subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

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4:24AM PDT on Oct 22, 2013

We don't really know whether it is too late to save the planet from losing its life forms.
Actually, the planet itself will be alright. It should circle around the sun for a bit longer after we are all gone. The descendants of people like the Koch brothers will also be all gone, if that is any satisfaction to anyone. Of course, they themselves would not care less about their own descendants or anyone else's offspring.
Going Vegan, if we all did it right away, would help a lot to either postpone disaster or even save some of us.
Apart from reducing the rate of global warming, it would also massively conserve fresh water.
Here's a link for you to look at:

http://www.beyondzeroemissions.org

3:56PM PDT on Oct 20, 2013

This information has been around for a very long time, though it seems to continually need repeating. It's challenging sharing the planet with others who have not come to the same realizations. Not sure what it will take to bring about a paradigm shift but if constant reiteration is effective then I'm all for it.

7:27PM PDT on Oct 19, 2013

Meat certainly isn't worth the high cost of our planet's destruction and then if you look at meat eating from an ethical standpoint, it certainly can't be justified! We all should be passed the point of wanting to eat our fellow beings on our planet. It is high time for both a new ethical and healthier diet that can actually sustain our species into the future!

9:41PM PDT on Jun 12, 2013

This is the statement that jumps out for me: "...by 2050 we will not have enough water to produce food for the extra two billion people expected to live on this planet by that time...
Scare-making much??

10:42AM PST on Mar 4, 2013

Mankind has done a bang up of destroying this Planet...gonna get worse.

1:23AM PDT on Oct 16, 2012

changing our food/diet is a big first step. but its also a total way of living that has to change, in order for us to survive for years to come.

12:54AM PDT on Oct 16, 2012

And BTW, Joaquin Phoenix is not much of an "inspiration" for most of us who do not condone the lifestyle he led for most of his life. If you actually read up on him, his family belonged to a weird cult and his brother died of a drug overdose. Joaquin belongs to the A.L.F. as well as PETA, so comes across more to me as being like his character in the movie, "Gladiators" than someone with compassion. He claims he decided to become vegan when he was 3 and his father caught a fish. Since according to his biography, the family was into a lot more than just fishing, I wonder about many of his "memories".

12:38AM PDT on Oct 16, 2012

L and P, the video you refer to, "Earthlings" is indeed, an "eye opener" but it's a very NOT SO RECENT one. Yes, almost everyone here who is not vegan has seen it, at least I have and everyone who has repeatedly voiced opinions about NOT being vegan but also NOT condoning animal abuse has seen it.

If you are the same "L and P" who has previously voiced complete denial of any other way of eating if one is in favor of animal welfare, then you are just repeating the same stuff you've posted previously. Popping into Care.2 every month or every other month and resurrecting old articles/discussions and reposting the same old stuff isn't going to change anything.

9:03PM PDT on Oct 14, 2012

Thank you for posting this article.

We live in a world where the link between animal abuse and human abuse has been proven. And yet, as a modern civilisation, we are not yet collectively willing to admit that the killing and eating of animals is the ultimate abuse of them. Until we face this truth, violent human-to-human behaviours will continue across society, in war-mongering between nations and on this site.

This admission of mass animal abuse, indulged in by the majority of the globe’s population, would speed the emergence of a truly caring world. Without this admission and subsequent action, progress is slowed.

For those who have not yet seen the documentary ‘Earthlings’ narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, the opening text indicates that before an injustice or a truth is acknowledged, there will first be ridicule, followed by violent opposition, followed by acceptance. This has been my experience in assisting my friends and clients on their path to embracing a vegan lifestyle. When they reach acceptance, it is just magical.

See Earthlings at this link:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6361872964130308142

12:55PM PDT on Sep 20, 2012

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