Well, in a recent interview with Nil Zacharias on the #EatForThePlanet podcast, Bruce Friedrich, the Executive Director of the Good Food Institute (GFI) and founding partner of New Crop Capital, explains that the future of meat without animals is not only possible, it’s here.
Logic would have it that industrialized animal agriculture was created to produce the most food for the most amount of people. It seems pretty simple, if you want to feed a lot of people meat and dairy, you have to be able to produce an enormous amount of these products to keep up with demand. How do you do that? Maximize the number of animals on a farm and turn it into a factory, where animals are pumped with feed and antibiotics, at a low cost, as quickly as possible to make them gain enough weight to go to slaughter in the least time possible. All of this sounds like a great idea until you stop and think about the gross inefficiencies in this industry.
As of right now, over 50 percent of the world’s arable land is devoted to either growing livestock feed or grazing animals and we’re using a majority of the world’s freshwater stores just to produce meat and dairy. Couple this with the rampant air and water pollution that comes with raising billions of animals and it seems extremely clear that if efficiency is the goal with this system – we are seriously failing. And the real proof is in the pudding, as they say, nearly one billion people suffer from hunger across the globe – and as the population continues to mount to 9.7 billion by 2050, industrial animal agriculture will not be able to feed the world – but rather, is hindering our ability to do so…
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