eat less meat world hunger

70 percent of the world’s agricultural land is used to raise livestock, either for grazing or for growing feed and by dedicating prime cropland to growing food for humans — rather than growing biofuels or feed for animals — we could spike the global food output by nearly 50 percent.

" /> eat less meat world hunger 70 percent of the world's agricultural land is used to raise livestock, either for grazing or for growing feed and by dedicating prime cropland to growing food for humans -- rather than growing biofuels or feed for animals -- we could spike the global food output by nearly 50 percent.">
 
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The Solution to World Hunger: Eat Less Meat

eat less meat world hunger

The earth’s population is very close to hitting 7 billion, out of which a billion people are chronically malnourished. It’s estimated that by 2050 there will be more than 9 billion people living on the planet. If this wasn’t scary enough, our agricultural systems are degrading land, water, biodiversity and climate on a global scale. Without more sustainable practices in the horizon, our planet is going to become even less able to feed its growing population in the years ahead.

A team of researchers from the U.S., Canada, Sweden and Germany set out to tackle this problem and came up with a plan to double the world’s food population, while reducing the environmental impacts of agriculture. The results of this research was recently published in the journal Nature.

One of the key suggestions in the plan relates to how everyone can contribute to the solution: EAT LESS MEAT! According to the study, 70 percent of the world’s agricultural land is used to raise livestock, either for grazing or for growing feed and by dedicating prime cropland to growing food for humans — rather than growing biofuels or feed for animals — we could spike the global food output by nearly 50 percent.

If feeding the world isn’t reason enough to curb your meat consumption, consider what impact our growing demand for meat is having on animals, public health and the environment.

Some of the other suggestions in the study that can help promote food security and sustainability include halting farmland expansion, improving agricultural yields, supplementing the land more strategically and reducing weight.

The study also outlines approaches to the problem that would help policy-makers reach informed decisions about the agricultural choices facing them.

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2 comments on “The Solution to World Hunger: Eat Less Meat”

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David
2 Years Ago

Eating and consuming less meat is probably the best way to reduce world hunger. Most people don't realize how much water and other resources are wasted just to raise an animal until it's ready to be slaughtered for meat. By taking the resources used to raise animals for meat consumption, we could grow more foods and feed more people. Currently, it takes a large amount of water and food to produce one pound of meat.


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Angelica LovesAnimals
2 Years Ago

all my life i've really only like white meat chicken and ham. But, as i get older i realize more and more that as intelligent being we don't need to continue a barbarian-style diet, there are many healthier and easier sustained options. Also, i noticed most people that "love" meat couldn't actually stomach it without the added flavors and spices that have nothing to do with the meat itself. I don't shove my views down everyones throat but i am glad more proof is being shown that we can educate people with in a legitimate, logical, non-violent or pushy way. :)


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