Global Food Security and Resource Management

Global food securityGlobal Food Security is a very serious concern for a post 9/11 world straining with security issues. The security of any country is dependent upon having enough sustainable food sources and flesh-eating is not one of them. If people are not properly fed, starvation, disease and political unrest are often the end result. 1.02 billion people worldwide are undernourished:
The global human population is set to increase from 6.7 billion to 9 billion by 2050, with the majority of the increase in developing countries. At the same time, demand for fresh water and agricultural land is rising and global trends towards unsustainable Western animal flesh and dairy-based diets are increasing. The effects of climate change are threatening food production in some already vulnerable areas of the world…changes need to be made in order to ensure future global food security and provide for those who even now are not being fed…Continued consumption of animal products in rich countries and the increasing trend towards it in other countries is environmentally unsustainable.

Food Resource Management is a large concern for a small planet. Raising animals for food wastes resources. Food gives up only part of its energy to the eater. When animals eat grain, they get part of its energy. When humans eat these animals, they get only a part of the energy that the animal got from the grain. By cutting out the “middle animal” and eating the grain directly, humans get more energy, and more people can get fed. Land produces much more food when used for crops rather than grazing.
If the entire world’s population lived as they do in the UK, the US, the EU, or the so-called western countries, humanity would need three planets the size of Earth to sustain itself.

The United Nations recently came out with a campaign saying Stop eating meat and save the planet. The article says that “The United Nations has urged people to stop eating meat in order to save the planet…pollution from fertilisers is threatening human health and the environment…humans have “massively altered” the natural flows of nitrogen, phosphorus and other nutrients…it has caused a web of water and air pollution that is damaging human health, causing toxic algal blooms, killing fish, threatening sensitive eco-systems and contributing to climate change.”

The article goes on to tell us that “Europeans eat 35 per cent more protein than recommended by the World Health Organisation while Americans overeat it by 58 per cent – and most of it comes from meat.”

According to a variety of sources, 20 vegetarians can be fed on the amount of land needed to feed one person consuming a meat-based diet. 250 litres of water is needed to produce 1 kg of wheat compared to 25,000 litres of water required to produce 1 kg meat. It requires 500 times as much land to produce 1 kg of beef as it does to produce 1 kg vegetables.

A South African organisation called Meat Free Mondays has a web site called Support Meat Free Mondays (only Mondays???). Their site says “South Africa is joining the global move to encourage people to have one day a week free of meat. It’s a small move with a big impact on the environment, on animals and on health.”

They also claim that:
“The best way to offset your carbon footprint is to eat less meat…livestock accounts for 51% of all Greenhouse Gases. That’s more than every form of transportation in the world combined. The reason for this is because two of the gases livestock produce are Methane and Nitrous Oxide – which are 20 times and 296 times, respectively, more powerful in terms of global warming potential.”
(Their source: World Watch – Livestock and Climate Change)

“If all Americans ate no meat, chicken or fish for just one day a week, this would result in the same carbon savings as taking 19.2 million cars off the road in the US for an entire year, or save emission equivalent to 46 million return flights from New York to Los Angeles.”
(Source: Carbon savings that could be achieved in the USA through a reduction in meat consumption)

Cutting out meat will help save land. “A farmer can feed up to 30 people throughout the year with vegetables, fruits, cereals and vegetable fats on one hectare of land. If the same area is used for the production of eggs, milk and/or meat the number of people fed varies from 5-10.”

The Vegetarian Society article titled Save water-Cutting out meat will save water says “Estimates of the water required to produce a kilo of beef vary, from 13,000 litres up to 100,000 litres. The water required to produce a kilo of wheat is somewhere between 1,000-2,000 litres.”

Next take a stroll through these 54 Interesting Facts About…Vegetarianism and Veganism. One of the 54 states “Studies show that a vegetarian diet could feed more people than a meat-based diet. For example, only around 20% of the corn grown in the United States is eaten by people, with about 80% of the corn eaten by livestock. Additionally, approximately 95% of the oats grown in the U.S are eaten by livestock. Studies show that the number of people who could be fed by the grain and soybeans that are currently fed to U.S. livestock is approximate 1,300,000,000.(1 billion, 300 million)”

We have now seen that being a vegetarian is not difficult, that you can eat hearty and nutritious foods and that global security and resource management are dependent upon a fleshless diet. Now let us take a look how eating animal flesh is an Ecological Land Mine and has become a major air, ground and water contaminant.

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