Farming animals is an extremely inefficient way of producing food for people.

The resources required to raise animals and process them into food products is significantly higher than the resources required to produce most plant-based foods (i.e. more food, land, water and energy).

 

Valuable land which could be used for growing more efficient crops or left to support critical

ecosystems that support life is instead used to produce more animal products. Many of these animal products are exported and consumed by the world’s most privileged people, leaving the most vulnerable communities without adequate access to healthy food.

 

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 almost  8 billion people, nearly 10% - an estimated  768 million of us - were counted as undernourished  in 2020.

Farmed animals 
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.

Children suffer the most severe consequences of our broken food system,  with a child dying from malnutrition and hunger related causes every 10 seconds  (more than 8,000 every day).

 

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.” 

 

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 the human population is projected to exceed nine billion by 2040. 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.`

World meat production is projected to double by 2050

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 2050.

There is not yet a world authority, or mechanism that takes quality 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 quality 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.

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