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To feed 4 billion more, skip meat, milk and eggs, study says
NBC News ^ | 08/06/2013 | John Roach

Posted on 08/06/2013 9:11:24 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

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Cassidy et al. / Environmental Research Letters
Shifting crops grown for animal feed and biofuel to food for direct human consumption can feed an additional 4 billion people with existing cropland, a study says.

The lab-grown burger taste-tested Monday in London is billed as one way to avert a looming food crisis by freeing up the agricultural resources used to feed billions of cattle each year. Another way to avert the crisis is to stop eating animal products altogether, according to a recent study.

In fact, "we find that doing a complete radical shift away from grain-fed animals, and stop producing biofuels, that you can increase calorie availability enough for 4 billion people," Emily Cassidy, a researcher at the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, told NBC News.

She and colleagues examined 41 major crops grown around the world, which account for more than 90 percent of global crop production, to find out how much food is being produced and how it is being used.

They found that 36 percent of the calories produced are used for animal feed. Of those, 12 percent wend their way to the human diet as meat and animal products. Another 4 percent of human-edible calories are used to produce biofuels.

Growing all those crops for direct human consumption instead increases available food calories by up to 70 percent, Cassidy and colleagues report in the Aug. 1 issue of Environmental Research Letters.

When those additional calories are translated to the number of people who can be fed a 2,700-calorie-a-day diet, the team's math shows an additional 4 billion people can be fed with food grown on existing farmland.

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KEYWORDS: agriculture; food; hunger; meat
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1 posted on 08/06/2013 9:11:24 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

The next bubble. The food bubble.


2 posted on 08/06/2013 9:12:52 AM PDT by BipolarBob
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To: SeekAndFind

Rid the world of revolutionaries, and the poor will be able to grow and harvest their crops.


3 posted on 08/06/2013 9:13:23 AM PDT by stars & stripes forever
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To: SeekAndFind

These people can pound sand. They want us all to eat soybeans.


4 posted on 08/06/2013 9:14:03 AM PDT by rlmorel (Silence: The New Hate Speech)
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To: SeekAndFind

Why do that when they can just sneak into the USA and get food stamps and send the food to other countries?

http://www.naturalnews.com/041475_food_stamps_EBT_cards_New_Yorkers.html


5 posted on 08/06/2013 9:14:04 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: SeekAndFind
This article and the other obviously coordinated ones making the rounds right now ARE BULL !

The earth is full, thou shall not want. - GOD

6 posted on 08/06/2013 9:16:04 AM PDT by SENTINEL (Kneel down to God. Stand up to tyrants. STICK TO YOUR GUNS !)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Another way to avert the crisis is to stop eating animal products altogether...”

Hell no.


7 posted on 08/06/2013 9:16:30 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: SeekAndFind

Don’t touch my bacon!


8 posted on 08/06/2013 9:17:18 AM PDT by LurkedLongEnough
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To: SeekAndFind

2700 calories a day is a recipe for the fat/overweight problems we already have in the USA.

That is waaaay too much for the average America- regardless of gender.


9 posted on 08/06/2013 9:17:31 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: SeekAndFind; stars & stripes forever

If we would stop burning our food in our fuel tanks, some of the food problem would be alleviated. Also, the money saved for not subsidizing the conversion of corn into ethanol could be used to either plant more fruit- or nut-bearing trees (good for avoiding erosion AND for producing food over a long period with minimal additional inputs of water or fertilizer) would help.

Oh, and I agree with getting rid of the revolutionaries. Even just getting them out of power would be fine for me...but removing their demand for food, and also using their worthless carcasses to feed the hogs, would be of immense benefit to all concerned.


10 posted on 08/06/2013 9:17:47 AM PDT by Ancesthntr ("The right to buy weapons is the right to be free." A. E. van Vogt)
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To: SeekAndFind

Stop feeding pets and give that feed to humans.
Every day people feed Cats and dogs that are merely animal eating and crapping machines.

These pets add to pollution when they crap in the streets and fields, they add to the sanitation p[roblems when people scoop and bring it home to flush it or toss it in the trash . We could feed a country on what we toss into America’s pets. Outlaw pets.

Soylent Green was on TV yesterday, It’s a Great idea, why aren’t we doing it. Euthanasia and Soylent Green could feed us instead of feeding the worms at the cemetery or wasting valuable fuel cremating —virtually wasting good food.

My ideas of course are sarcasm , but these nuts are serious.

Which is the craziest?


11 posted on 08/06/2013 9:20:33 AM PDT by Venturer ( cowardice posturing as tolerance =political correctness)
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To: SeekAndFind
1Ti 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
1Ti 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
1Ti 4:3 Forbidding to marry, [and commanding] to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

1Ti 4:4 For every creature of God [is] good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
1Ti 4:5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

12 posted on 08/06/2013 9:22:00 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: SeekAndFind

If some people can’t feed themselves, then why should I be forced to feed them?


13 posted on 08/06/2013 9:22:17 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Let me think about if for a minute NO.


14 posted on 08/06/2013 9:23:40 AM PDT by Raebie (WS)
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To: Cowboy Bob

Because you’re a creepy-ass cracker?


15 posted on 08/06/2013 9:23:56 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: SeekAndFind

Or Africa could start modern agriculture and feed as many people per farmer as in the USA.


16 posted on 08/06/2013 9:24:01 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: SeekAndFind

1. We don’t need four billion more people.

2. If we concentrate on pork production, we can go a long way toward starving out 2-3 billion muzzies who would also be a large contributor to the 3-4 billion new mouthes to feed, as predicted in the article.

3. I like sausage, ribs, pulled pork, cutlets, pork roast, etc. Seems like a good idea to me.


17 posted on 08/06/2013 9:24:03 AM PDT by beelzepug (if any alphabets are watchin', I'll be coming home right after the meetin')
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To: rlmorel

And bugs...
http://www.coloradonewsday.com/national/9558-farm-432-machine-uses-maggots-to-grow-your-own-protein-at-home.html


18 posted on 08/06/2013 9:24:26 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: SENTINEL

The earth is full, thou shall not want. - GOD


Yeah,,,when the human population on the entire planet was what,,,maybe 5,000?


19 posted on 08/06/2013 9:25:01 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: Cowboy Bob
If some people can’t feed themselves, then why should I be forced to feed them?

Exactly. Tell THEM to go on a meatless diet in order to survive and grow their own. Bet they would figure out a way to do it.

20 posted on 08/06/2013 9:26:27 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Play the 'Knockout Game' with someone owning a 9mm and you get what you deserve)
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To: SeekAndFind

The LEar Jet Leftists will always enjoy meat eggs and butter while they sit in air conditioned comfort planning how the rest of us will live.

And the rest of us will not enjoy the finest technology and services the world has to offer. They will.

We will be forced to eat beans — and swelter.


21 posted on 08/06/2013 9:26:49 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Where is the “not this $h*+ again” guy?

I love that guy.

22 posted on 08/06/2013 9:27:09 AM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Eggs are about the cheapest & easiest protein that can be produced. Store easily- easy to transport & have lots of uses.

Milk is necessary, also. Without Vit D, health for all involved is at risk.

These fools would be serving Soylent Green if they had heir way.

More targets for the REVOLUTION. They are ID’ing themselves early for us.


23 posted on 08/06/2013 9:27:35 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: rlmorel
These people can pound sand. They want us all to eat soybeans.

In the short term, maybe so; in the long term, they'd be much happier if we stopped eating altogether. If that doesn't make clear sense, I believe it may help to bear in mind the measure of Marxist dictators is mass murder. Thus far, Mao is in the lead.

24 posted on 08/06/2013 9:28:34 AM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: mojito
Here's the sanitized pic:

25 posted on 08/06/2013 9:28:37 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: chessplayer
You sound just like Bill Gates or Ted Turner.

The earth can provide for as many of God's children as he sends here, and easily at that.

26 posted on 08/06/2013 9:29:35 AM PDT by SENTINEL (Kneel down to God. Stand up to tyrants. STICK TO YOUR GUNS !)
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To: chessplayer
No kidding.

I mean, how was God to KNOW, that we'd thrive and prosper?

I bet he feels pretty silly...

27 posted on 08/06/2013 9:30:40 AM PDT by Trailerpark Badass (There should be a whole lot more going on than throwing bleach, said one woman.)
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To: DannyTN
[and commanding] to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

I believe. I know the truth....And I think I'll celebrate that tonight with a fat t-bone.

Amen !

28 posted on 08/06/2013 9:31:28 AM PDT by SENTINEL (Kneel down to God. Stand up to tyrants. STICK TO YOUR GUNS !)
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To: SeekAndFind

Liberals idea of paradise = zero people.

Conservatives idea of paradise = every square inch of the land surface of the planet filled with nothing but people and cattle. Some may love the idea of so many people you can’t take 5 steps without bumping into someone. I hate the thought of it.


29 posted on 08/06/2013 9:31:49 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: beelzepug
RE: We don’t need four billion more people.

At present growth (or non-growth) rates, we WON'T.


30 posted on 08/06/2013 9:32:13 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Huh?


31 posted on 08/06/2013 9:34:22 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Trailerpark Badass
Are you serious ?.... I have to ask because this IS FreeRepublic.

See the above scripture written thousands of years ago which foretold this "anti-meat" thing.

32 posted on 08/06/2013 9:34:27 AM PDT by SENTINEL (Kneel down to God. Stand up to tyrants. STICK TO YOUR GUNS !)
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To: SeekAndFind

They can die in the street as far as i’m cncerned!


33 posted on 08/06/2013 9:35:01 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: SeekAndFind

Same old crap from the same old crapheads.


34 posted on 08/06/2013 9:36:25 AM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: SeekAndFind
Learn to desalinate salt water and pump it to places that need it, would open up vast new areas of farm land. As for CA, all they have to do is let farmers have water again instead of giving it to smelt and food production there would once again soar. Governments continue to ignore the almost unlimited water supply we have in our oceans. Water that could not only open new lands to agriculture but relieve drought conditions in most of the problem areas.

Actuall, IMO, this is just another global warming fake that would push people into becoming vegans and earn millions for a few unscrupulous politicians.

35 posted on 08/06/2013 9:36:56 AM PDT by calex59
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To: stars & stripes forever

+1.

Humanity will always be able to feed itself - right up to the moment it becomes socialist.

The USSR suffered from ‘drought’ for 70 years. This drought ran along political boundaries and ended when the Berlin Wall fell.

And don’t get me started on the weather in Zimbabwe.


36 posted on 08/06/2013 9:38:16 AM PDT by agere_contra (I once saw a movie where only the police and military had guns. It was called 'Schindler's List'.)
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To: agere_contra

“And don’t get me started on the weather in Zimbabwe.”

a.k.a The (former) breadbasket of Africa.


37 posted on 08/06/2013 9:41:30 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: SENTINEL

No, that was sarcasm.


38 posted on 08/06/2013 9:42:06 AM PDT by Trailerpark Badass (There should be a whole lot more going on than throwing bleach, said one woman.)
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To: Venturer

“Which is the craziest?”

Why stop there. A Modest Proposal will wipeout abortion. Mothers could just give birth and sell their infants to the upper crust of society.


39 posted on 08/06/2013 9:43:22 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: rlmorel
The keep pushing all kinds of crap. If I ate everything they said...I'd gain a pound a week....

I tried it...It was terrible and I was bloated.

I went back to my old meat and potato diet of the 50's. The difference...it fills you up.

I eat "0" snacks but binge occasionally....like a whole pumpkin pie in two days!!

We need protein. These all vegie diets are cr** and you're always hungry.

40 posted on 08/06/2013 9:46:09 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: SeekAndFind

Let the Insects for Food movement go back to hunting and gathering roaches and roots. Just leave we meat-eaters alone with our “right to choose” what we will eat.


41 posted on 08/06/2013 9:47:40 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: SeekAndFind
North Korea:
46,528 square miles
24,554,000 people
More land. Less people. Starving.

South Korea:
38,691 square miles
50,004,441 people
Less land. More people. Wealthy.

Large scale food shortages in modern times are always caused by politics.

42 posted on 08/06/2013 9:48:23 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: beelzepug

I just bought an 8 lb pork butt. Awesome. Borscht, pulled pork, pork with vegies over rice....


43 posted on 08/06/2013 9:48:35 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: SENTINEL

Maybe the earth can, but certainly not the human population on an individual level.


44 posted on 08/06/2013 9:52:05 AM PDT by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: Sacajaweau

And those diets can make you “windy”.


45 posted on 08/06/2013 9:57:16 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: SeekAndFind

Stop putting alcohol in fuel. Stop growing governments, and start growing economies and jobs.


46 posted on 08/06/2013 9:58:21 AM PDT by pallis
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To: LurkedLongEnough

Or my spare ribs, rib-eye steaks, fried chicken, or hamburgers.

Besides, why do we want 4 billion more people? The ones already here make enough trouble as it is.


47 posted on 08/06/2013 10:00:32 AM PDT by chesley (Vast deserts of political ignorance makes liberalism possible - James Lewis)
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To: EEGator

It was a POTATO FAMINE. Not a Corned Beef Famine.


48 posted on 08/06/2013 10:04:06 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: ridesthemiles

No kidding. I’m 5’11” and 175 lbs — larger than much of the world’s population — and my equilibrium intake is about 1950 calories per day. 2700 is a made up number.

Additionally, the idea of exchanging animal for crop calories is a red herring. Vegetables are hard to grow. You need a good year, good soil, good climate, good weather, good everything. Failing that, you have to supplement with pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, greenhouses, etc.

In contrast, animals can be productively grown on land that could not support crops. Rabbits come to mind first - they are amazingly efficient at turning weeds into meat. Likewise, chickens can do very well in situations where crops are marginal. Beef can range on non-crop producing land.


49 posted on 08/06/2013 10:04:37 AM PDT by FateAmenableToChange (As as)
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To: SeekAndFind

The next level of food production will be obtained only by the transition of seasonal farm lands into year round production. This will require the use of high tunnels / green houses and will require a significant investment in one time capital.

However, once done, land that was previously not crop worthy due to poor soil, lack of water, or cold will open up to farm production. This will also likely increase the production per acre of near 4 fold and will see a shrinkage in the size of farm tools and equipment.

Imagine the amount of food and bio-diesel that could be produced in western Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, eastern Colorado and New Mexico alone. We could not only feed this nation but produce enough bio-diesel from algae to power all of the cars and trucks on the road in America.


50 posted on 08/06/2013 10:08:58 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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