The world’s population is now over 7 billion and predicted to reach more than 9 billion by 2050. Many people are wondering if there will be enough food to go round. But is this the real population crisis?
The human population may have doubled since the 60s, but the amount of meat we’re eating has quadrupled. At any one time there are 27 billion animals being fattened up for food. That’s a lot of extra mouths to feed!
The majority of these animals are fed soy, corn, wheat and other intensively farmed crops. 90% of all soy is used as animal feed, much of it grown in parts of South America that, until recently, were covered in rainforest.
Using more than a third of the calories from the world’s crops for animal feed is a very inefficient way of producing food. It’s estimated that if we only grew crops for human consumption we could feed an extra 4 billion people. Even small changes in land use would make a big difference to how much food is available.
As a part-time carnivore you hog less of the world’s agricultural land. Together we can ensure that there is enough food for all of the humans.