A new study says eating less meat could help double the world’s food supply.
Along with sustainable farming, and reduced deforestation (both issues related to meat and livestock feed production) eating less meat might mean more food for everyone. Researchers suggest that by using prime farmland to grow food to feed humans rather than inefficient livestock, countries could increase their edible food supplies by 50%. Not just a good thing but a nessesary one.
The world population is currently around 6.9 billion and is expected to grow to 9 billion by 2050. If everyone in the west continues eating their current meat-heavy diet and folks in developing nations continue to increase their intake, there will not be enough edible resources to go around.
The study’s authors aren’t saying that everyone even has to go vegan (although they should). The authors suggest that avoiding meat 2 or 3 days a week could do the trick. Amazing to think that such a small change could have such a huge impact.
Curious to see how this new research changes the debate. The study will be published in its entirety on October 20th in the journal Nature.
Because corporations can’t be held accountable for irresponsible business practices, the US government has issued yet another corporate bailout, this time for the chicken industry.
The industry predicted their market would grow in 2010-11 so they bred and killed more chickens in anticipation. Their market predictions were wrong. Instead of growing, demand for chicken meat declined by 6% leaving the industry holding millions of pounds of wasted meat. With excess supply and low demand, chicken prices are falling and the industry is struggling to make a profit. Some producers are selling chickens so cheap they only can break even. Boo hoo.
The US government is here to wipe the corporate tears and wants consumers to have to pay more for chicken so that the industry can turn a profit. They stepped in and bought $40 million worth of surplus chicken setting the stage for retail prices to rise along with chicken producer’s profits.
This is really nothing new. The US government bailed the chicken industry out in 2008 and 2010. More rewards for bad corporate behavior.
Whoever thought something like chicken nuggets would be “too big to fail.”
Yvonne, the cow who escaped slaughter and has been on the run since on May 24th, is finally free to roam.
Hunters who’ve exhaustively searched for the 6-year old cow for months have finally called off the search. Her trackers declared the little cow “as nimble as a weasel.” The shoot-to-kill mission has been cancelled and no more rewards for her capture are available.
Yvonne defied the odds by escaping and again by evading capture and is now free to roam the German countryside. May she live a long and happy life.
you go girl!