Over 820 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 160 times more land, water, and fuel resources than eating a vegetarian dish.
One third (36%)
of agricultural land, worldwide, is used to produce animal feed.
Thinking About the Solution
It's now more important than ever that we consider how conventional livestock farming should develop. We urgently need more 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, the use of resources, and the 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 help the planet, its people and animals in a positive and ethical way.