Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Vegetarians For the Win

An interesting article about the state of food in the world today, and now we can't sustain ourselves the way we produce/distribute food now. Problems regarding food distribution and production include:

• Surging oil costs have made it more expensive to harvest, fertilize, store and deliver food.

• The rise in droughts and hurricanes worldwide has wiped out crops and made farming more difficult.

• The world is running out of the raw materials -- water, oil, good farmland -- needed to keep the food system intact.

"A lot of people have begun to understand at various levels that the food system, as it is, can't go on," says Paul Roberts, author of "The End of Food."

It's kind of scary, because I can't imagine the average person doing anything to change their eating habits until it's too late. Also, I can't imagine large corporations redistributing their food product, when they know wealthier countries will pay more for it. As Roberts says:

"It's going to have to be profitable or the market won't be interested in it. And if the market isn't interested in it, it's not going to happen."

I wonder what that would take.


Renee said...

Actually, those reasons formed the basis for why I stopped eating anything other than chicken, turkey, or fish (I need to get SOME protein, and unfortunately, there's not enough out there in easily obtainable forms, say, at work...) The amount of energy it takes to produce one cow could feed about 40 people or something insane like that. Really meat is inefficient, and destroying a lot of our natural resources. Yes, humans were made to eat meat, I'm not saying we weren't. But the methods we're invoking to get our food supplies isn't sustainable. Even fruit and veggies can be grown with tons of bad chemicals and stuff. But, we've got to eat something...