Proponents of the anti-meat agenda have conveniently omitted a key component from their proposal that the world should not consume meat. The question they leave unanswered is how to replace such a major supply of high quality protein. As long as they can live as vegetarians, they reason, every person in the world should be able to do so.
The anti-meat elite seem blissfully unaware of the fact that hunger is a real and increasing problem not only in the United States but all over the world. They ignore references to projections for future global population growth and how responsible world citizens will be able to feed everyone.
Absent a plausible replacement for meat that some vegetarian groups so desperately want to eliminate it’s apparent they simply are not concerned about that pesky hunger problem. Clearly, they have never experienced hunger.
It is understandable why those who want to eliminate meat from the world diet choose to leave its replacement up to others. As developing countries manage to increase their income, tofu or three bean casserole are not likely found on their ‘Wish List’. As average income rises in these countries, meat consumption is one of the first luxuries that rise correspondingly.
According to the World Health Organization, annual world meat production is projected to increase from 218 million tons in 1997 to 376 million tons by 2030. “Developing countries are embarking on higher meat consumption…. than the industrialized countries did some 20 to 30 years ago,” WHO continues.
If they really want to halt meat production, it seems that it would make more sense for the anti-meat groups to trumpet their “meat is bad” message in those developing countries. They may have to do so however, at significant personal risk. It’s a message that would not be welcome when delivered to those nations who are climbing the ladder in standard of living.
Soup kitchens all across the nation stretch a pound of hamburger or a pound of pork to serve 10 or more recipients. Yet it is likely the highest quality protein they receive in their diets. Undoubtedly, poorer nations, if they receive meat at all, would stretch the valuable protein even further.
For centuries, humans have craved meat as part of a balanced and nutritious diet. It’s high time the anti-meat groups address the growing need for high-quality protein to feed a world in which hunger increases daily. Until they do, their indignant criticism of meat production will be largely ignored by the world.