By using more than their 'fair share', animal-based foods are a form of redistribution that exacerbate food scarcity, especially in low-income countries.
Of the world’s more than 7 billion people, more than 840 million are counted as suffering from chronic hunger.
Children suffer the most severe consequences of our broken food system, with more than 6,000 dying every day of malnutrition and hunger-related causes.
With more than 250 children dying every hour, why is it so rare that global hunger makes the nightly news? In part, it’s because such extreme and widespread hunger and death are the norm - it’s not on the news because it’s not “new.”
consume much more than they produce
any viable strategy to provide long lasting hunger solutions and improve global food security must include reducing animal based food consumption as part of the equation.
Earth can produce enough food for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed.
Global hunger results from a web of immensely complex factors, including both food scarcity and distribution.
Food scarcity at the global level is an issue now with past surpluses being drawn down and it is fast becoming a critical issue as our seven billion population expands towards nine billion by 2050.
As our population increases, available land, water, energy and other finite resources decrease. So we have more people to feed and fewer resources to feed them.
Demand for meat in the developing world
will double between 1995 and 2020.
In response to the strong demand for meat products, demand for cereals for feeding livestock will double in developing countries.
To meet demand, the world’s farmers will have to produce 40 percent more grain in 2020.
There is not yet a world authority, or mechanism that takes grains from livestock feeding operations and gives it to poor and hungry people.
Eating 1,000 calories of meat can easily use more than 7,000 calories in plant-based foods, plus the associated use of natural resources.
In order for feed crops to act effectively as a buffer against food insecurity, there has to be a mechanism for ensuring that in times of need, the fodder crops do actually get consumed by the people who need it - that the wealthy forgo meat and dairy foods, to release grains onto the market for poor people to eat.
This has yet to happen.
- Food Policy Report - International Food Policy Research Institute