Leonardo Fishman

Norton, 1996 (difficult, making choices faced with the challenge of food shortages), Lester Brown, Director of the Worldwatch institute says that we are moving from a period of abundance of food to one of scarcity due to the great increase of the population, wealth and environmental threats, such as erosion and exhaustion of the soil, global warming, and scarcity of drinking water. l accurate that increased food shortages in many countries can lead to political instability, social disintegration, and the exacerbation of ethnic conflicts. Both food shortages can lead to wars, as also the shortage of energy sources. The dependence of producers of oil in the Middle East is an important factor behind the recent conflict in the Persian Gulf. Carnivorous diets contribute to the power shortage, a major factor in the chances of war in our days. Real-estate developer is often mentioned in discussions such as these. In the United States, an average of 10 calories of fuel energy are required for each calorie of food energy obtained (the main contributors to this phenomenon are the livestock and fisheries in the high seas).

Producing a pound of beef (500 calories) and requires 20,000 calories of fuels fossils, the most used to produce feed-crops. 78 Calories of fossil fuel for every calorie of protein obtained from beef will require. Grains and beans require only two to five per cent of fossil fuel. Feed people before animals, required much less irrigation, fertilizers, pesticides, mechanization, refrigeration and processing, will therefore consume much less energy generating less pollution. Another factor that can lead to violence or war, is the increasing scarcity of water in many areas of the world. One of the areas of the world with greater likelihood of conflict, the Middle East, has suffered from severe shortages of water recently, and with the population and wealth increased in the area, the situation threatens to become even more critical.

The standard diet of a person in the United States requires more than 16,000 litres of water per day (drinking water for animals, irrigation of crops, processing, washing, cooking, etc.) a pure vegetarian diet requires just how 1,200 litres/day. The production of one kilo of meat uses an average of 20,000 litres of water, while only 200 litres are required to produce a kilo of potatoes. Livestock production consumes more half of the water used in the USA, and this water is becoming increasingly scarce. In short, adopting a diet more sensitive to the hungry people of the world, eating in a way that contributes to more equitably share the food, energy, water and other resources, the Jews and gentiles can play a significant role in the evolution of the world until the day in which the Nations transform their swords into plough. and they will not learn more for the war. By Leonardo Fishman original author and source of the article



July 8th