It\’s possible to have entirely serious discussions about going veggie or not. It\’s also possible for people to be entirely cretins about the subject:
With many regions like the Sahel in Africa already facing near-famine conditions, 2 billion people already malnourished, and an estimated 2 billion increase in the world population by 2050, a global plant-based diet seems not just desirable but inevitable.
Dear God you stupid bloody woman. The Sahel is marginal land at the, err, margins. It is largely suited to nomadic pastoral farming. That is, if you\’re going to get any food value out of the bit north of the sorghum belt and south of the Sahara you\’ve got to get it by raising animals and eating the products thereof.
There are vast areas of the globe that fit this profile too. There\’s no point in trying to grow wheat or potatoes on Britain\’s hill farms for example. Plowing the Scottish Highlands won\’t get you anywhere: but mutton or venison can be usefully raised. Truly maximising the caloric production of the land would include raising animals: for there are plenty of areas where you can\’t actually raise much else.
And she\’s obviously not bothered to read this report:
The Stockholm International Water Institute\’s report notes that one third of the world\’s arable land produces grain to feed livestock rather than people.
She says she\’s aware of it, sure, but she\’s obviously not read it.
Overconsumption and the corporatisation of food supply chains also underwrite the factory farming responsible for unconscionable levels of animal suffering and the depletion of marine ecosystems.
Because, you miserably ignorant cow, that very report states that corporatisation of the food supply is exactly what is needed in the poor countries.