That was the headline in The Guardian this past Sunday
Once again, the open-minded scientists of the world are trying to help show us the way. Like me—the U.N., the WorldWatch Institute, SIWI, and anyone else who is paying attention, has come to the same conclusion that I did in 2003, “We’re eating the wrong food.” And it’s totally unsustainable for very much longer.
In a story that broke in the UK this past Sunday, (8-26-12 See link below) the scientists agree that we simply cannot continue to keep doing what we’re doing. Their particular area of focus for this article was water—there’s not enough to feed the world unless we change our diet-style in a big way. From the article:
Leading water scientists have issued one of the sternest warnings yet about global food supplies, saying that the world’s population may have to switch almost completely to a vegetarian diet over the next 40 years to avoid catastrophic shortages.
Adopting a vegetarian diet is one option to increase the amount of water available to grow more food in an increasingly climate-erratic world, the scientists said. Animal protein-rich food consumes five to 10 times more water than a vegetarian diet. One third of the world’s arable land is used to grow crops to feed animals.
The article mentioned nothing about the fact that our health would improve dramatically if we were “forced into vegetarianism.” They made it sound more like we were being forced into some kind of horrible exile, not a vibrantly healthy lifestyle with far less chronic disease, pain, suffering and nursing homes.
This kind of news is nothing new from the scientists of the world. In 2006, the U.N. Report (Livestock’s Long Shadow) identified livestock as the single biggest cause of global warming—almost 40% more than ALL of transportation combined. A few years later the scientists at the WorldWatch Institute estimated that the U.N. numbers were low—saying that livestock accounts for almost three times as much greenhouse gases as does transportation.
Of course, Al Gore, never mentioned livestock during his movie about global warming. How do you produce a Nobel Prize-winning movie about a world problem and never even mention the #1 cause of the problem? That’s called politics. Politicians get elected by promising to meet the short-term wants and needs of their constituents.
And it’s no different this election cycle in the USA. Neither of the two candidates are talking about the most serious problems facing the human race. Is Ralph Nader still running for office?
The Bottom Line. When are the world leaders going to start helping the scientists promote the truth about the unsustainability of our western diet—and what must be done to promote the longterm sustainability of the human race?
When are we going to be “led” to a healthier diet instead of being “forced” there by dwindling water supplies, degraded land and other disappearing natural resources?
- Source article. Food shortages could force world into vegetarianism, warn scientists | The Guardian
- An earlier blog. Doing “things right” or doing the “right thing.” Which is better?
- An earlier blog. Unhealthy, unfair, and unsustainable. Yet still ubiquitous.
- An earlier blog. World Hunger. It takes a village.
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