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    Will the world have to become vegetarian by 2050?

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    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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by MissJecka View Post
    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.

    Perfect.
    This is a novel I would read! And yeah, they kind of overlooked the issues of animal overpopulation, which would put an additional strain on the ecosystem. What will happen to all of those tasty cattle if we don't eat them?

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    Well, way back when I learned that the use of energy in consumption is always roughly 9:1. So plants use 10% of sunlight they get to build new cells, herbivores use 10% of the plantmatter they eat, carnivores use 10% of the meat they eat.

    So yeah, eating meat means a higher waste of energy. Whether or not we can deal with that, who knows. Maybe growing steak in the factory is the future

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    Quote 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 at 08:47 AM.
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    Quote 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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    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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    Reducing the population would be a far better answer to problems with shortages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackcatbone View Post
    Reducing the population would be a far better answer to problems with shortages.
    how?
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