Preventing World Hunger
World hunger is a huge issue today, but there IS something we can do about it. Though some land used for animal agriculture is not suitable for growing crops, much of it could be reclaimed.
Hunger is partly a distribution problem, but that is no excuse for wasting precious resources. We don’t need animal products to stay healthy, so it is simply indulgent to consume them. Imagine how much food we could share if we were not feeding so much of it to farm animals.
Availability of water is also a big issue. Are you willing to waste 4,000 gallons of water per day, just so you can eat animal products? Think of how many gardens that much water could support.
Look at these statistics from OneGreenPlanet.org
- We use 56 million acres of land for animal agriculture while dedicating only four million acres of land to growing produce – You can be sure that a lot of that 56 million acres could be used for growing crops.
- 70 percent of grain in the U.S. is fed to farmed animals rather than to people. (The world’s cattle alone consume a quantity of food equal to the caloric needs of 8.7 billion people — more than the entire human population on Earth).
- It takes 4,200 gallons of water PER DAY to produce a meat-eater’s diet. A plant-based diet uses only 300 gallons of water per day.
- Additionally, a whopping 70 percent of our domestic freshwater goes directly to animal agriculture.
- One acre of land can produce 250 pounds of beef, but the same acre of land can produce 50,000 pounds of tomatoes or 53,000 pounds of potatoes.
Healthier for You – More Food for Everyone
Isn’t it wonderful to know that eating a healthier diet can help provide plenty of food and water for everyone?
The next issue we need to tackle is distribution. Rather than spending our tax dollars on wars and farm subsidies, we could create a worldwide food distribution system. Most farm subsidies go toward wheat, corn, soybeans, rice, and cotton. They mainly benefit junk food producers, animal factory farms, and destructive companies like Monsanto. Instead, why not subsidize organic vegetable farmers around the world?
Look at What Vegans Eat for tips on staying healthy on a plant-based diet.