There's been a lot of buzz lately about the fact that the global population just hit the 7 billion mark. The Humane Society's Humane Nation blog just had a great post on this. I'll share a few highlights here...
- If we are going to feed billions, we’ve got to think about how we grow food as well as what we eat. Clearly, feeding row crops to animals, whom we then eat, is not nearly as efficient as eating these plants directly.
- Americans eat more meat per capita–about 220 pounds–than the people of almost any other nation. That’s more than twice as much as the Chinese and 25 times what the Indians eat. We have to ask ourselves whether it is possible to feed a growing world population on such a meat-heavy diet, and whether it is sustainable from an environmental and resource perspective.
- We Westerners have got to reduce our consumption of meat. And we’ve got to hope that people in the developing world and the newly industrialized world do not start emulating our diet. The spread of intensive egg, meat, and milk production in the developing world is occurring at an alarming rate, and it's a phenomenon we're working to address through our international work.