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.

Next: Why reducing animal product consumption is not enough.

Yet even under such dire predictions, and with the knowledge that it takes five to ten times as much clean water to produce animal-based protein as opposed to plant-based protein the report’s authors, Malik Falkenmark and colleagues at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), still leave a 5% margin for their use, stating that:

There will be just enough water* if the proportion of animal-based foods is limited to 5% of total calories and considerable regional water deficits can be met by a … reliable system of food trade.” – (SIWI)

Are we really so attached to the animal products that every day take the lives of millions of innocent animals, poisoning our lives and the environment in the process, that we can only conceive of giving up “just enough” of them to possibly save our necks… and no more?

Reducing our consumption of animal products to 5% is not enough. What we need is a vegan paradigm shift, which will not only alter how we look at “what” we are eating, wearing and using, but rather who we are eating, wearing and using.

The voices calling us to alter custom in favor of compassion are growing louder, from the ethical perspective, as well as the scientific and health-based approaches. From mainstream movies to news articles, activists to athletes, they are all saying, in their own way:

We can not save ourselves, until we begin to respect our fellow animals’ right to life and liberty.

I hold on to the hope that our voices will be heard and that it’s not too late.


*[emphasis mine]

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Alexandra Rodda
Alexandra Rodda2 years ago

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:

Claire M.
Claire M.2 years ago

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.

Julia R.
Julia R.2 years ago

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!

Julie Cordner
Julie Cordner3 years ago

This is the statement that jumps out for me: " 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??

Natasha Salgado
natasha salgado3 years ago

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

natalie n.
natalie n.3 years ago

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.

Diane L.
Diane L.3 years ago

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".

Diane L.
Diane L.3 years ago

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.

L and P.
Linda N.3 years ago

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:

Christa Deanne
Oceana Ellingson3 years ago