When I left for college I made the mistake of reading the Autobiography of Gandhi and then the writings of Schweitzer. I realized at once that I no longer wanted to hurt animals and resolved to be a vegetarian. I have been vegetarian for about thirty years, but I don’t mention this topic often because it makes people feel bad for eating meat and that is not my intent. I read the following article about world food shortages, and how eating less meat might help avoid disaster for other nations, I thought these might be important insights to share.

“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.”

“There will be just enough water if the proportion of animal-based foods is limited to 5% of total calories and considerable regional water deficits can be met by a … reliable system of food trade.”