Over 802 million people worldwide suffer the effects of hunger. What contributes to this?
One of the main reasons lies in the production of animal-based foods like meat, dairy products and eggs. Although there would be enough plant-based food to feed everyone across the world, most crops are not grown as a source of nutrition for starving people: they're used to feed livestock.
In order to produce meat and other animal-derived products such as milk, cheese and eggs, livestock need feed made from wheat, maize, soya and barley. However, feed manufacturing is not the only problematic factor in connection with livestock farming. It requires enormous additional land resources, water and energy. Even more energy is needed to transport the animals at the end of their lives for slaughter and to process their bodies.
Eating a beef steak, for example, consumes approximately 160X more land, water and fuel resources than eating a vegetarian dish.
Thinking About the Solution
It's more important now than ever that we consider how conventional livestock farming should develop. We urgently need investment in solutions that can feed our society and are economically viable, environment-friendly and respect the welfare of animals.
Everyone can contribute to improve world hunger, exhausted resources and welfare of both humans and animals.
The question, "What should I eat today?" should be answered very consciously. By choosing plant-based alternatives, meat consumption can be gradually reduced. In this way, each individual can diminish his or her environmental footprint and contribute to the health of the planet, its people and animals.