Food shortage in modern times? Hard to believe, but here we are. Most of us are familiar with the stories and pictures out of Africa and other parts of the world depicting the plight of nearly one third of the world’s population; people dying from hunger and starvation. Some us gladly contributed to NGO’s in some small way to try and make a difference for those of us less fortunate.
The problem however is much bigger than we think and a little closer to home as well. A tremendous amount of the world’s resources are devoted to raising animal protein, which supplies about 25% of protein consumed by humans around the world. According to leading researchers, that number is going to have to drop to about 5% if we are going to feed the 2 billion people that are expected to be added to the planet in the next 30 years.
That means roughly half of us will have to adopt a vegetarian diet if we are going to have any chance of averting this planet's changing crisis.
There Is Just Not Enough Resources
The signs of a global food crisis are upon us, with more people in developing countries struggling to feed themselves because of rising food prices that have caused a food shortage in many parts of the world. By 2040, there will not be enough clean water or arable farmland to grow the food required to feed half the world’s population. There is just not enough resources.
These warnings are being echoed by organizations like Oxfam and The United Nations as they prepare for the second wave of this crisis this decade. A changing climate is making matters worse of course, as once fertile regions of the world are facing record breaking drought which is creating shortages of food staples such as corn and wheat forcing price increases by as much as 60%.
This second wave will be devastating to countries that rely heavily on food imports for their survival including parts of China, the Middle East and many small island nations. The first wave led to food shortages and civil unrest in over 20 countries that led to regime change in 4 Middle Eastern countries.
A move to a vegetarian diet would save 10 times the water it takes to raise animals for food and use 20 times less land. Adopting a point of use agricultural model rather than the resource hungry international food web we depend on would feed more people. Community based agriculture is the future of food production and the only realistic way to curb a growing worldwide food shortage problem.
Community Based Agriculture
The UN has declared that the world must increase non-animal food production by 60% over the next 30 years. This is only possible using new food growing technologies that can be deployed in towns and villages to create community based agriculture systems. Adopting a community based agriculture model is cost effective, mobile, versatile and adaptable to a changing climate.