Around the world, about 1 billion (1,000,000,000) people suffer from hunger. Every second, one person on this planet dies of starvation, 30 million (30,000,000) per year.
Every day, between 6,000 and 43,000 children die of starvation, while about 40 per cent of fish caught worldwide, about 50 per cent of the world’s grain harvest and about 90 per cent of the world’s soy harvest are fed to “farm animals” in the meat and dairy industries! Eighty per cent of the children who go hungry live in countries that have a surplus in food production, but the children remain hungry and die of starvation because the grain surplus is exported to be fed to animals. Using plant foods to produce unhealthy animal products is an absurdity, a scandal and the ultimate waste: to produce just 1 kg of meat, one needs – depending on the species – up to 16 kg of plant foods and 10 to 20 tons (10,000 to 20,000 litres!) of water.
Plant foods for “animal farming” are exported from the “Third World” to industrial nations even though children and adults in these poor countries go hungry and die of starvation. You might have heard the saying, “The animals of the rich eat the bread of the poor.” For example, the 1984 famine in Ethiopia didn’t happen because local agriculture didn’t produce food but because this food was exported to Europe to be fed to “farm animals”. It was during this famine – which cost tens of thousands of people their lives – that European countries even imported grain from Ethiopia to feed chickens, pigs and cows. Had the grain been used to feed the Ethiopian people, there wouldn’t have been a famine after all. In Guatemala, about 75 per cent of children under the age of 5 are malnourished. But still, more than 17,000 tons of meat are produced every year to be exported to the US. Feeding these animals requires enormous amounts of grain and soy – food that remains unavailable to malnourished children. Instead of feeding the starving people of the world, we take their food to feed abused “farm animals” in order to satisfy our illness-inducing addiction to meat, eggs and dairy products.