Scientists: Water Shortage Could Lead to Worldwide Vegetarianism by 2050

"Leading water scientists have issued one of the sternest warnings yet about global food supplies, saying that the world's population may have to switch almost completely to a vegetarian diet over the next 40 years to avoid catastrophic shortages," according to a new article in the Guardian.

Researchers at the Stockholm International Water Institute report that "there will not be enough water available on current croplands to produce food for the expected 9 billion population in 2050 if we follow current trends and changes towards diets common in western nations." These researchers confirm that adopting a vegetarian diet is a vital way to conserve the water supply to grow more food, since "animal protein-rich food consumes five to 10 times more water than a vegetarian diet." With most Americans eating at least 12 ounces of meat a day, the problem is truly monumental.

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