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  • Will the world have to become vegetarian by 2050?

    Here's the article:

    Food shortages could force world into vegetarianism, warn scientists | Global development | The Guardian

    I think it's kind of an example of "the sky is falling" mentality. Basically it says that the world is facing a water shortage, and "scientists" are recommending that people move to a veg diet (because of all the grain it takes to feed livestock that could go to feed starving people). It's clear that there's an agenda behind this story.

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    Uhm, the water shortages are going to be fixed by expanding the irrigation?
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    • #3
      I think I found a great plot for my NaNoWriMo novel: A satire of a near-future dystopian society who buy into the idea that they can only eat vegetables... until, over time, the world gets over-populated with animals who rampage human society.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Penady View Post
        Here's the article:

        Food shortages could force world into vegetarianism, warn scientists | Global development | The Guardian

        I think it's kind of an example of "the sky is falling" mentality. Basically it says that the world is facing a water shortage, and "scientists" are recommending that people move to a veg diet (because of all the grain it takes to feed livestock that could go to feed starving people). It's clear that there's an agenda behind this story.
        Last edited by kenn; 08-27-2012, 08:47 AM.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Penady View Post
          Basically it says that the world is facing a water shortage, and "scientists" are recommending that people move to a veg diet (because of all the grain it takes to feed livestock that could go to feed starving people).
          I'll believe you. To be frank I don't think I could stomach the Grauniad right now, so I'm not going for a look.

          So the "scientists", or the Grauniad, or someone, has concluded that it would be helpful to plough up land that's really, really not suitable for arable farming -- it's been done to that which is really not suitable already -- and that there will be no consequences from doing that?

          Anyone who believes that, I've got a bridge for sale ...

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          • #6
            I do think if we eliminated the middleman and just ate grain and veggies vs. feeding it to animals in factory conditions we could feed the planet more efficiently by eliminating the middleman.

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            • #7
              Reducing the population would be a far better answer to problems with shortages.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Blackcatbone View Post
                Reducing the population would be a far better answer to problems with shortages.
                how?
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                • #9
                  Slowing the rate of population growth would be the biggest step; reducing 40% waste of food produced would be another.

                  Monoculture practices lead to long-term dropoffs in efficiencies, and polyculture farms that raise animals on pasture have the highest efficienies (and also are better for human, animal, and soil) - Google Joel Salatin's "We Can Feed the World." Also, Mother Earth News had a series on sustainable farming being able to feed the world that was very good.

                  Human ingenuity > human inefficiency and myopic greed.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by The Return of Dado
                    get rid of the whites
                    Oh STFU.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by kenn View Post
                      how?
                      Off the top of my head . . . widely available and free birth control to whoever wants it, offer incentives like those voluntarily sterilized without having children get a free college education, eliminate tax breaks after a certain number of children (after two you get taxed at a higher rate) and so on.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by The Return of Dado
                        that's cute, did you just graduate?
                        You really ought to crawl back under that crazy rock you came out from under.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Blackcatbone View Post
                          You really ought to crawl back under that crazy rock you came out from under.
                          at least my rock is real and not an imagined rock

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by The Return of Dado View Post
                            at least my rock is real and not an imagined rock
                            I've no doubt . . . .
                            Buy house, Demolish house, Build house.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Blackcatbone View Post
                              I've no doubt . . . .
                              you're a do-gooder, and do-gooders by definition live in fantasy land. Earth is not somethign you impose ideals on, it lays its laws on YOU.

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