This one is going to push a few buttons – so – here we go.A diet heavy in animal protein is expensive to produce in terms of money, land and water. Likely it has very expensive karma as well.Forget for the moment any ethical component and look only at a simple distribution exercise. The amount of grain currently produced on the planet will feed the human population easily, but much is destroyed or allowed to rot for economics sake.A rethink is needed – badly.
There are parts of the planet experiencing famine, while other parts are over producing food.
I am aware that the famine is an effect of the cause of clearing large tracts of land and so changing the water retention of the soil. In many ways, they brought it on themselves – but – we all live on one small planet with a shared water supply and atmosphere.
It is necessary that we broaden our outlook to see that all is connected and that instability in one part of the planet will soon affect all of us. Greed is a planetary problem and the existing system of corporate governance will need to change if we are to survive.
Many countries are already eating well beyond their ability to produce. There are many large areas of Africa currently being leased for the express purpose of growing food to supply the European market. The same system exists in South America for US and Canada and in Australia for China.
This of course reduces the production of food for the locals of those countries causing much hardship.
A step on the path
No particular solution covers all of the bases. As a useful step in the right direction, a reduction in the amount of animal protein consumed would free up considerable resources and make it easier to balance the planetary budget. This would grant us the time necessary to explore other options.
We currently have a large and rapidly growing population, with a small part (some 25%) exploiting the remainder. This is not likely to be a popular solution as greed is the main cause for the imbalance.
Think on this
Think on this though – animals have a very similar biochemistry to humans – we are animals also. When an animal is killed and eaten, all of the toxins in its body, all of the death hormones and other things are eaten by humans.
No wonder the health of the so called first world citizens is failing rapidly.
Plants on the other hand have a very different biochemistry. Their waste products are actually nutritious to animals (including humans) – we live in a form of symbiosis.
If we are to survive with any sense of decorum, we need to consider forming an Earth Community instead of a set of groups exploiting each other. The sooner the better, before some idiot with a finger on the button decides to do it for us. There are many forms of button.
The planet can still support the large human population – if – and only if we look at changing the way we are currently behaving. We must assist our fellow man and even more importantly return a balance to nature.
Nature is the catalyst. It can be a great friend or a terrible enemy – and we have placed it in a flimsy cage and are poking it with sticks.