A new study from the University of Minnesota shows that if farmers focused on growing crops and grains for human consumption rather than for animal feed and biofuels, the overall calorie availability for people would grow by at least 70 percent.
With the world's population expected to grow to a staggering nine billion people by the year 2050, it is becoming increasingly clear that the current food production system will be unable to meet the ever growing appetite for animal protein in emerging countries. In China alone for example, the consumption of meat has more than doubled since 1985.
The United Nations estimates that the demand for meat will increase by 68 percent and dairy by 57 percent by the year 2030. Currently, "on a global scale, 36% of calories from crops are used for animal feed" and in some countries like the U.S. or Brazil, this number climbs up to 79 percent.
In order to achieve global food security and avert food crises in the developing world, researchers suggest that farmers manage crops exclusively for human consumption rather than for animal feed or biofuels. By doing so, the study's lead author concludes that "we could feed an additional 4 billion people." And by moving to an entirely vegan diet, there would even be "millions of acres that would be idle."
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