Some people became vegan specifically because of food inequality and out of a desire to help feed people in less privileged parts of the world.
The bottom line is this: the more meat we eat, the less food there is to feed other people. This is because farmed animals are not efficient converters of feed to meat and we get fewer calories from meat, milk and eggs than we feed them. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization puts it this way: ‘When livestock are raised in intensive systems, they convert carbohydrates and protein that might otherwise be eaten directly by humans and use them to produce a smaller quantity of energy and protein.’
In all, one-third of the world’s cereal harvest and 70 percent of the world’s soy harvest is fed to farmed animals. If these crops were made available to people instead, we could feed the whole world using less land and eradicate world hunger today.
And those who became vegan primarily for other reasons – their health, to reduce animal suffering, to protect the planet – have hearts and minds big enough to care about people, too. We can all care about more than one thing at a time!
A plant-based diet is as good for people as it is for animals and the planet.
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