In 1800 the worlds population was estimated at about 1 billion.
Today it is in the region of 7.5 billion and growing at a rate of 1% per year. It is getting harder to feed the world.
Should we be bothered ? As individuals we can do little to halt the growing population, or stop the destruction of the rainforests, the pollution of the seas and rivers, and the loss of wildlife (it is estimated that 50% of the worlds wild animals has been lost in the last 50 years).
What we can do is make a stand, in our own way, and in our own life, to slow things down.
It takes in the region of 7kg of grain plus 15,000 litres of water to produce 1kg of beef. So why don’t we just eat the grain and ditch the beef ? Is beef really that good for us ? Well maybe it was at one time, but now the dynamics have changed. If you pump the cow up with hormones and chemicals, then the cow gets fatter. If you restrict her movements, she gets fatter still. By the time she gets to the slaughter yard, she is twice the size she should be, so more meat to go round, right ?
Right, but is the meat now the same quality as it was when the cow roamed the field happily munching the grass ? Where do all the hormones and chemicals go ?
Are the mass produced chickens and turkeys producing the same quality of meat as those fowl that were free to roam the farmyard, clucking cheerily ? No happy noises come from crowded chicken sheds, only noises of fear and hysteria.
A diet of Meat and Dairy with low quality Carbohydrates is the reason many people stagger around, grossly overweight. Heart Attack and Stroke sufferer numbers rise steadily, alongside Cancer and Diabetes numbers. Fortunes are spent on cures and treatment.
Yet a change to plant based diets would reduce obesity, and as a consequence would improve the lifestyle of many people. This in turn would cut the cost of medical bills. Only the drug companies would suffer, and I for one wouldn’t cry for them.
Research the facts, and make YOUR choice.
Will you join me in this project ?