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.