Food Crisis By 2050 Is Not A “Maybe”

Utter the words “food crisis” today and many people think that you are simply referring to the plot of the latest Hollywood disaster flick. But the world’s leading scientists agree that if we were to continue with our current food production methods for the next 40 years we would (a) not even come close to feeding the world’s population, and (b) destroy the earth by stripping it of all of its natural resources. And obviously with no more earth, there would be no more us. We’re not talking about 200 years in the future. We’re talking about seeing this happen within our lifetimes.

This recent article from The Guardian  does a good job of breaking the problem down into numbers:

  • By the year 2050, 9 billion people are expected to be alive on earth.
  • Even with new technology, such as genetic modification and nanotechnology, hundreds of millions of people could still realistically go hungry.
  • To attempt to feed the population of the world, global food supplies must increase 70% in the next 40 years.
  • A population of 9 billion would also require twice as much water as we currently use.
  • This would mean an 18% decrease in the water that is available to the agriculture industry for crops.
  • Today, up to 70% of energy needed to grow and supply food is fossil fuel based. This fuel is expensive, in limited supply, nonrewable, and currently contributing to climate change.

Because of these drastic numbers, scientists are considering “novel” ways to increase food production.  One of these methods is growing artificial meat in vats. Yes, you read that correctly. It said growing artificial meat in vats.

So, in theory, would I consume fake meat that had been farmed in a huge vat? Well, yes, I suppose so. It’s just cultured meat, basically, grown from cells that are taken from an animal fetus. If you eat meat in the first place, well, this isn’t really so terribly different. However, here’s what I’d like to know:

  • Will we know the possible “side effects” of eating this cultured meat? Smoking was once thought to be healthy, too, you know.
  • Where will the artificial meat come from, and how will it reach consumers? Will it be marketed by several companies, such as today’s soy products, or will one company have a patent? Worse yet, will the government produce it?
  • Just how much will this fake meat cost?
  • Will the fake meat be called Soilent Green? (Okay, that’s just a joke. But you can see the comparison, right?)

So in theory, I would consume fake meat. In practice, I would not like to. Today, 1 in 7 people in the world do not receive enough protein in their diets. Hence the push towards farmed meat. However, no one needs to eat meat to get protein. You can receive more than enough protein by including beans, nuts, and legumes in your diet. With my homegrown Jacob’s Cattle Beans, as well as quinoa, soy, and lentils in my diet, I’m pretty sure that I would be just fine without meat, real or farmed. You can grow all the protein you need in your very own backyard.

Each time I read about the inevitable food crisis I renew my faith to spread the word about the Survival Seed Bank, crisis gardening, and prepping. It is the very best thing you can do to protect yourself and your family. Don’t allow yourself to fall victim to the global food shortage. Be proactive and be prepared.

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