New research from the Institute on the Environment at the
University of Minnesota indicates that by feeding crops directly to
humans instead of to animals (grains) and machines (biofuels) 4
billion more people could be fed.
"We essentially have uncovered an astoundingly abundant supply of
food for a hungry world, hidden in plain sight in the farmlands we
already cultivate," says graduate research assistant Emily Cassidy,
lead author of the paper published in Environmental Research
Letters. "Depending on the extent to which farmers and consumers are
willing to change current practices, existing croplands could feed
millions or even billions more people."
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Dropping Biofuels and Animal Feed:
Jesus preached, “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). Yet, while tens of millions of people die
annually from starvation-related causes and close to a billion
suffer from malnutrition, 37 percent of the world’s harvested grain
is fed to animals being raised for slaughter; in the United States,
the figure is 66 percent.
The world hungry and the poor
depend partly on the choices that many of us make. One of those
choices is what we put into our bodies. Do we eat plant-based foods
that nourish our bodies and that feed more people or do we eat
animal-based foods that cause sickness, suffering and hunger in the
world? The choice is ours.
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