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Shortages could force world to vegetarianism

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#1    questionmark


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Posted 26 August 2012 - 08:54 PM

The Guardian said:

Leading water scientists have issued one of the sternest warnings yet about global food supplies, saying that the world's population may have to switch almost completely to a vegetarian diet over the next 40 years to avoid catastrophic shortages.

Humans derive about 20% of their protein from animal-based products now, but this may need to drop to just 5% to feed the extra 2 billion people expected to be alive by 2050, according to research by some of the world's leading water scientists.

"There will not be enough water available on current croplands to produce food for the expected 9 billion population in 2050 if we follow current trends and changes towards diets common in western nations," the report by Malik Falkenmark and colleagues at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) said.

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 09:06 PM

Not for me - all the while there's wild boar, rabbit, deer and other wild game to be had!

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 09:09 PM

I would be ok with this. Have you ever had vegetarian burritos?

Holy crap! :)

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 09:42 PM

Well a reduction in the world's cow population would have an effect on Greenhouse gas production.

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 09:50 PM

View Postquestionmark, on 26 August 2012 - 08:54 PM, said:

When they say things like "the world's population may have to switch almost completely to a vegetarian diet over the next 40 years to avoid catastrophic shortages." they seem to be coming from the rather nice and naive angle of humanitarianism as if govts and people are going to actually care to try and accomodate these problems to make sure no one goes without. The reality is that there's going to be some govts and people who will exploit food shortages for political purposes.

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 09:56 PM

I make really good black burgers. Much better than the store brand.

The good thing about chickens is you keep them in the backyard and they don't eat much compared what you get out of them.

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 10:01 PM

I couldn't imagine my life without a bacon sandwich!

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 10:12 PM

Soylent green is a comin

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 10:56 PM


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Posted 26 August 2012 - 11:44 PM

Soylent Green, NWO? Seriously, you think this is some kind of grand conspiarcy?

This a a scientific report, stating the obvious facts and predicting a dire outcome if the facts are ignored. This is not really news, scientists have warned about the problems of exponential human population growth for years.

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 11:57 PM

View PostJeffertonturner, on 26 August 2012 - 09:09 PM, said:

I would be ok with this. Have you ever had vegetarian burritos?

Holy crap! :)
Some artificial ground beef is delicious. Like Yves Ground Round.
I buy that all the time and I eat meat.

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 03:35 AM

OK, so we all must start eating vegetarians.

Anyone ever tried one?

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 03:44 AM

I think the world population would drastically drop if everyone turned vegan.. honestly....

It might just be me or a case of bad luck..  But every vegitarian I've ever met have turned out to be utter nutcases.

Seriously, they fly off the wall at the slightest hint of humour. (probably because of a lack of meat in their diet)
They hold grudges longer than normal people, They're far to serious, and they smell like cabbage.

Edited by Professor T, 27 August 2012 - 03:53 AM.

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 06:16 AM

i thought scientist were working on growing meat in labs?  and now there telling us we might have to become vegitarians by the year 2050? MAKE YOUR MIND UP SCIENCE!!! and if this ever happens eventually people will resort to cannibalism.

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 11:57 AM

Soylant Green...I have not thought about that movie in a long time, Great movie.

Prof T, I agree they have no sense of humor!?!?

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