Eating meat means making the food chain from plants to humans
longer. This way of producing food by adding another “link”
to the chain, i.e. animals, represents a loss of nutrients that
we could use directly ourselves. Depending on the type of animal,
it takes up to, and sometimes more than, 10 plant calories to
deliver 1 meat calorie. If the whole of the human population allowed
themselves the “luxury” of eating the amount of meat
typically eaten today in the EU and in the USA it would be impossible
to feed everyone in the world, and this is not the case for some
point far off in the future, this is already the case, right now.
"Crop Prospects and Food Situation" shows, that while 100 million tonnes of cereals are used for producing biofuels, 754 million tonnes cereals is used as feed for livestock. Global meat production wastes 7 times more cereals than global production of biofuels.
Starvation already belongs to every day life all around the world.
UNICEF estimates that 90,000,000 children worldwide under the age of
five are seriously malnourished. Nearly 70% of EU imported
crops used for animal feed originate from developing countries
where the highest levels of malnourishment are to be found. In
a world where the global population is rising rapidly the need
to secure a reliable way to feed us all becomes ever more urgent.
Living vegetarian, i.e. eating vegetarian meat instead of animal
derived meat, or in the future cultured meat, must continue to
gain credibility as a viable way of feeding the world.