What happens if people stop eating meat
Meat cuisine is very diverse: barbecue, baked ham, bacon, chops, cutlets, meatballs, pork ribs, pork ears, jelly, grilled chicken. We decided to imagine what would happen if people stop eating meat.
Livestock today recognized as one of the main factors that destroy the ecology of the planet. It produces nearly 20% of all greenhouse fumes (more than all forms of transport) and covers large areas of farmland, under which valuable forests are being cut down.
Since the 1950s, more than 50% of tropical forests have been destroyed to the needs of livestock.
Brief about harm livestock: it produces a 9% CO2 carbon dioxide; 37% methane into the atmosphere, which is 23 times more efficiently heats the planet than carbon dioxide; 64% ammonium forming acid rain; 65% of nitrogen oxide, which is 296 times the global warming potential of CO2.
. According to the BBC, 20 million French cows accounted for 6, 5% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the country: every year the cattle allocates 26 million tons of methane..
Back in 2009 the UK Health Minister Andrew Burnham said that if the number of cattle decreased by 30%, the agricultural sector in 2030 will emit 50% less carbon dioxide than now. At the same time the number of people dying from heart disease will be reduced by 18 thousand a year.
In short, if people reduced their consumption of meat - definitely it improves the environment.
Meat and profitability of
farm animals today there are 16, 8 billion, that is more than two times more than men. In this case, the animals eat a lot more. It is estimated that all of the animals, which are grown for the production of meat products, consume more protein than they produce. In pigs, the ratio 1/9, in chickens - 1/5.
10 kilograms of grain, skormlennyh animal, giving a total of 1 kg of meat. All the rest is processed into manure.
Production and delivery to the place of sale of 1 kg of beef consumes as much energy as burning a 100-watt bulb for nearly 20 days.
Animals need to be fed. They need pastures. And often food for cattle cheaper and far-sighted to buy abroad, or bring their cattle there. So does the United States to Haiti - one of the poorest countries in the world where most of the fertile land is used for planting alfalfa going to feed American cows.
The largest importer of food for the animals - the European Union. 60% of this food goes there from the southern countries.
Water enough for all
Literally the US is now experiencing "water crisis". Water scarcity - even one of the global problems of the Earth is directly associated with animal husbandry.
In 2012, the Stockholm International Water Institute published a report which warned of the possible consequences of excessive consumption of meat.
One of the authors of the report, in particular Folkenmark Malik said, "If mankind will continue to follow the current trends and the widespread transition to a diet typical of modern Western culture, the 2050 is not enough water to feed the 9 billion. Enough water, if the share of energy from animal foods in the diet of people will fall to 5%. " According to the same report it is now in the agriculture uses about 70% of the planet's fresh water resources. it takes more every year. The demand for energy over the next 30 years will increase by 60% is projected.
A livestock "eats" a lot of water. For the production of a batch of beef takes more than 4,542 gallons of water, one portion of chicken - 1249 liters.
Food enough for all
the meat industry, where profitability is questionable, call one of the causes of hunger in the world. Today, nearly a billion people going hungry in the world. Meanwhile, if you take the statistics for the United States, 90% of all soy, 80% of corn and 70% of all grain fed beef cattle there. These volumes would be enough to feed at least 800 million hungry people. Even today, the meat can afford not everyone. For example, the UK government's Environmental Advisor, Sir Crispin Tekel said that from the point of view of logic all the earth's population can not live eating only meat. On the planet simply does not have such resources. Only 2.5 billion people (less than half of the population) can be fed in such a way that 35% of calories obtained from meat products. Most of the meat eaten in the United States - 112 kilograms per person per year, in the UK one person eats 71 kilograms of meat a year. In India - two kilograms. In the US, children aged 7 to 13 years eat 6 5 hamburgers each week. Restaurants American fast food chains sell 6.7 billion hamburgers every year. Crispin Tekel: "If the whole world vegetarian diet - have fed on plant foods and dairy products such as milk, cheese and butter, then it would be enough food to feed the now 6 billion people."
The artificial meat from stem cells of pigs has grown, but it is unlikely carnivores will soon move to it. Cutlet until worth more than $ 300.
From kebabs, steaks and other ATPase is difficult to give to mankind, but there is so much meat you eat today, it is no longer able. First, the money is not enough. The rise in prices for meat has been going on these days.
After a hundred years, it has become a delicacy, and the breeding of animals may become the new "chip" high society.
Alternative meat futurologists predict a great future insect. While this is a young but rapidly growing market. Companies such as Exo Chapul and produce and sell the bars with milled beetles and grasshoppers, and the firm Bizarre Food grows and sells herbal moth larvae.