What We Eat Matters
With the increasing demand for animals products worldwide, food
prices are being driven by the cost of grains which are the main
food source to feed the 55 billion animals humans eat every year.
China is the perfect example of this trend where in the 1990s the
production of soybeans was 15 million metric tons a year, enough to
feed their farmed animals and export some; however, although China
still produces about 15 million metric tons of soybeans, it imports
more than three times that amount to feed its farmed animals.
According to the director in China for the U.S. Soybean Export
Council Xiaoping Zhang, the United States exports about a quarter of
its soy crop to China and is expecting a fourth consecutive record
year of exports, forecast at more than 25 million metric tons.
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China food choices reshaping world
How is it possible that humanity willingly feeds more than half
of all the grain produced worldwide to farmed animals while about 1
billion people go hungry every year? We need to stop and think about
the atrocities we commit against ourselves and other creatures, and
reflect on the countless consequences, including very important
spiritual ones, of our actions. There is certainly enough food to
feed the world if we freed more grain and fed it directly to people
instead it to farmed animals. “For I was hungry and you gave me
food.… [A]s you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you
did it to me” (Matt. 25:35, 40 RSV).