“A report entitled FEEDING A THIRSTY WORLD was released by some of the world’s leading water scientists at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), as part of the WORLD WATER WEEK Conference which convened in Stockholm yesterday (August 26 to 31, 2012). Although I have not read the entire report, I have read enough to know that the contents of the report are alarming. In accordance with a series of model-based studies carried out at Stockholm University, the scientists concluded that the earth will not have enough water to produce the food required to meet the world’s needs by 2050:
“The analysis showed that there will not be enough water available on current croplands to produce food for the expected population in 2050 if we follow current trends and changes towards diets common in Western nations… There will, however, be just enough water, if the proportion of animal based foods is limited to 5 per cent of total calories and considerable regional water deficits can be met by a well organised and reliable system of food trade.”
In other words, if the world’s population adopts a mostly vegetarian diet by 2050, we MAY have enough water left on the planet to grow enough food to feed ourselves – and ONLY IF “considerable regional water deficits can be met…”
I know that many people cannot accept the legitimacy of the “compassion” argument, i.e. that many vegans adopt a plant-based diet out of compassion for the animals who are brutally tortured and slaughtered everyday in laboratories and on factory farms around the world. I also know that many people cannot accept the legitimacy of the “health” argument, i.e. that many vegans adopt a plant-based diet out of a desire to improve their physical, emotional, and mental health.
However, in my experience, very few people will dispute the fact that an animal-based diet, by conservative measures, consumes 5 to 10 times more water than a vegetarian diet. As such, I am hoping that the results of SIWI’s research will appeal to those who refuse to be swayed by other arguments, and that, in light of SIWI’s findings, these people will consider reducing their intake of animal protein.
There is constant talk about the world’s present and future energy requirements, but most people fail to see that future wars will be fought over our most basic of human requirements: fresh air, clean water, and FOOD. According to SIWI’s report, a world food crisis can be expected within the next 38 years if we do not CHANGE the way we eat, and if we do not find a way to alleviate the stress that we are currently putting on the earth’s water resources. According to THE GUARDIAN, in 2008 alone, food shortages led to civil unrest in 28 countries.
If that’s not a convincing argument to GO VEG, then I don’t know what is…
(I have attached the link to SIWI’s report and to THE GUARDIAN in the comments thread below.)
Title: Veggie by 2050 Please
Tags: Vegan, Vegetarian, Water, Stockholm, Conference, Food Shortage, 2050″
I think what will happen to the SMALL FARMERS is that fewer and fewer people will become farmers with each generation until that profession no longer exists.
What will happen to the BIG BUSINESSES is that fewer and fewer animals will be bred until the population is small enough to be transferred to sanctuaries.
@foxiefox are you even vegitarian?? because you seem pretty darned determined to protect the meat industry and keep making sure there’s people out there murdering animals. why would you sign up for peta if you are just going to disagree with everyone?? And think of it this way. If there is not enough water for meat, the amount of good meat is going to go down. and lets say a farmer can only make crap dehydrated meat. they are going to go out of buisness. Howeer instead of sitting therre and slowly starving to death, he is going to GO OUT A GET AN ETHICAL JOB.
back to the point of good meat going down. there will be less meat ,and because farmers still need money to live (duh) the prices are going to go up and up until they are outrageously high and who is going to waste there money on murder-i mean meat, when there is cheaper vegan options out there. so basically farmers will slowly sell thee farm (and by doing that they will get money, which will be used to supportthereself) and go out, buy a house, and get a good, well paying job. And honestly, you can be on the side of 100 farmers every 80 years, or 620 million animals every week. pick your side (and if its not the animals, why are you here?)
Foxiefox, take these simple points into account:
– If no one is buying meat, the farmers no longer have any livelihood. Keeping a business of animal slaughter would no longer be “economically feasible”.
– The government ALREADY SUBSIDIZES the meat industry. Seeing as plant based agriculture is more sustainable in terms of resources (land, water, feed) they would need a small subsidization than they are already getting. But if they needed more, it exists because they’ve been getting that much for years.
– Saying something is never going to happen is just protecting the torture that happens within the industry. In the past, we never thought women would get the right to vote, to schooling, to their own body. But all these things continue to happen. The change will happen with or without you.
@foxiefox: you are missing the point. The point of gradual veganism is that there would be fewer meat farmers with each generation-they would get out of a failing business. Then the money that would have gone to subsidize that industry from the government can instead be a one-time investment to get them new jobs and livelihoods.
Vegancaramel, No i think you are missing the Point when it comes to the world of farming gradual change is not something that is economically fesiable for someone whos Lively hood depends on what ever they grow Be it meat or Crops. And were would this money to subsidize come from? Is PETA going to Fork out the money to every farmer out there who raises meat to get them to swtich to growing crops?Like i said its a nice dream but the world is never going to go All vegan its just not possible. Again there are people out there whos diet consists of almost only meat. they can not grow crops nor are they anywere near a store. So Its just never going to happen
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