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Water Scarcity May Force World to Go Vegetarian by 2050

Water Scarcity May Force World to Go Vegetarian by 2050

 

By the year 2050, the world’s population maybe be consuming a plant-based diet — and not necessarily out of concerns of animal welfare. If current trends continue, scientists at the Stockholm International Water Institute warn, switching the world to a mostly vegetarian diet may be the best option for feeding a growing population.

By 2050, the world’s population is expected to hit 9 billion people. That number currently hovers around 7 billion, and, with concerns that another global food crisis may be just around the corner, scientists are worried about how the planet will possibly be able to feed another 2 billion people.

One of the biggest concerns is water. Currently, about 70% of the world’s water goes into agriculture; animal products use between 5 and 10 times more water than plant-based products, and 1/3 of arable land is used to grow feed for animals. That is, of course, a lot of resources going towards a food that makes up such a small percentage of our diets.

On average, humans get 20% of their protein intake from these resource-sucking products. Simply put, in a world of 9 billion people, there will not be enough water to feed everyone. That is, unless people reduce their intake of animal protein. If, by 2050, the world’s population decreases their intake of animal products to just 5%, there just might be enough water to go around.

If these findings aren’t enough of a reason to go vegetarian, I don’t know what is.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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11:46AM PST on Feb 6, 2013

I sincerely hope that people will be smart and will decide to go vegetarian/vegan before then.

11:53PM PST on Nov 21, 2012

Thanks

10:27PM PST on Nov 19, 2012

yes...the red lights are ALL on hey...

6:44PM PST on Nov 18, 2012

Thanks

7:30PM PDT on Sep 29, 2012

I wish the world could get a running start NOW going veg-anyone can do it and feel lots better too! I do wonder about our feline babies as well, Michelle, as they are meat eaters-their biological make up doesn't allow them to go veg. We are facing many difficult problems ahead, let's hope everyone's up for the challenge---I say, "We Can and We Will!~"

2:47PM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

Great article, thank you

3:01AM PDT on Sep 7, 2012

Thanks for the post

3:38AM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

To Kim W. Fact is still, that producing meat, just like producing farmfish, uses huge amounts of good food, producing less food. I applaud you for raising animals in a humane way. But i think you are sabotaging the arguement. There are many docu's on YouTube about slaughterhouse, chickenfarms, batteryeggs, regular livestock farms, that are so below anything the divine meant by appointing us as caretakers of the earth. A vegan diet can feed 15 billion people, thus the pushing proposals for human worldpopulationreduction are thus absolutely obsolete. A very interesting initiative i find the woodgardens of Martin Crawford, UK. Where a lot of food can be grown, on relatively little land, needing only minimum work to maintain. Nuttrees, berrybushes etc. This would be good when one regards the Peak Oil moment, that is rapidly approaching or already there. Then there needs to be the discussion of human health. Is meat really healthy for the body? Why do so many people get cancer, or heartdisease? How many toxins are there in regular meat or in humanely grown biomeat? Does eating red meat add to inflammation and thus to cancer? It takes about 30 days to change one's tastebuds. Thus going vegan would not be all that complicated and is more in need of a change in beliefs. Eating vegan can also reverse Diabetes II and will also cure obesity. Deserts can be made into farms, using Permaculture it takes 3 years. In Egypt there is a factory producing milkcartons containing watergell, that

3:38AM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

To Kim W. Fact is still, that producing meat, just like producing farmfish, uses huge amounts of good food, producing less food. I applaud you for raising animals in a humane way. But i think you are sabotaging the arguement. There are many docu's on YouTube about slaughterhouse, chickenfarms, batteryeggs, regular livestock farms, that are so below anything the divine meant by appointing us as caretakers of the earth. A vegan diet can feed 15 billion people, thus the pushing proposals for human worldpopulationreduction are thus absolutely obsolete. A very interesting initiative i find the woodgardens of Martin Crawford, UK. Where a lot of food can be grown, on relatively little land, needing only minimum work to maintain. Nuttrees, berrybushes etc. This would be good when one regards the Peak Oil moment, that is rapidly approaching or already there. Then there needs to be the discussion of human health. Is meat really healthy for the body? Why do so many people get cancer, or heartdisease? How many toxins are there in regular meat or in humanely grown biomeat? Does eating red meat add to inflammation and thus to cancer? It takes about 30 days to change one's tastebuds. Thus going vegan would not be all that complicated and is more in need of a change in beliefs. Eating vegan can also reverse Diabetes II and will also cure obesity. Deserts can be made into farms, using Permaculture it takes 3 years. In Egypt there is a factory producing milkcartons containing watergell, that

8:31AM PDT on Sep 2, 2012

Evolution at it's finest!

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