Okay, so this is something I have been researching for a while now, and I thought I would share my findings with you and read your opinions. Every single thing I am about to tell you has been researched by scientists from hundreds of countries around the world, for many years and has been proven over and over again. As we all know, the world is a pretty screwed up place. Half of the world is dying from starvation, while the other half is dying from obesity. There is actually a solution to this, one that has been proven time and time again, and it is simply eating less meat, and the advancement of the vegetarian diet. Here are some facts to begin with. - 20 million people will die from malnutrition this year - Reducing meat consumption by only 10% frees up enough land to feed 100 million people So, a 10% reduction of meat consumption could feed 100 million more people each year. If that was the case, imagine what a 50% reduction would be, or even a 100% reduction. The end of starvation in third world countries? Some scientists have said almost certainly. A few more interesting facts. One of the biggest crisis plaguing our planet today is the lack of water. Future wars won't be fought over oil or money, they will be fought over water. Even though we know how desperate our water situation is, this is still happening... - 50% of water is used for livestock “production”. To produce one cow it takes enough water to float a battleship - It takes only 25 gallons of water to produce a pound of wheat. To produce a pound of beef takes 5,000 gallons Also... - Current world's known oil reserves would last 13 years if every human ate a meat diet. If we took meat off the menu it would last 260 years It starts to seem pretty stupid as to why we do it at all. And for health. - The risk of a heart attack in a person who consumes animal products is 50% - The risk to a person who consumes no animal products is 4% - The most common cause of death is heart attack – every 45 seconds Just a few more facts to do with world hunger and environmental issues. - It takes 55 square feet of irreplaceable rainforest to produce 1 big Mac - We lose 1,000 different species to extinction every year - 90% of the grain produced is fed to livestock – and 90% of the protein is wasted by “cycling” it through livestock - 1 acre of arable land produces 250 pounds of beef – and 40,000 pounds of potatoes In short, mankind torture and kill 2 billion animals every single week. And for what? In this process we are destroying ourselves, our economy and our planet. What are your thoughts? Do you think mankind is really just so consumed with greed, indulgence and arrogance that we continue to live like this? Or is this a problem of ignorance? Is more education needed. Do people simply not know how much their diet is effecting the balance of this Earth? A quote from Albert Einstein (a strict vegetarian) that fits this thread. "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."