Water Scarcity

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Water Scarcity – 18 August 2006

According to David Seckler, director general of the Water Institute, “Water scarcity is now the single greatest threat to human health, the environment, and the global food supply.” “It also threatens global peace as countries in Asia and the Middle East seek to cope with shortages.”

BBC News Online environment correspondent, Alex Kirby reports that as more people adopt Western-style lifestyles and diets, water consumption will soar further. The production of one kilogram of grain-fed beef requires at least 15 cubic meters of water, while a kilo of cereals requires only up to three cubic meters of water.

Seventy percent of the water used worldwide is used for agriculture – most of it, by far, for animal agriculture, which produces an enormous amount of pollution and disease. Each year waterborne diseases kill over five million people, ten times the number killed globally in wars.

As I’ve mentioned before, animal agriculture and factory farms consume enormous amounts of water and grains that could be used to feed people. And with the population predicted to rise to 8.9 billion by 2050, the world is heading for disaster, to put it mildly.

To quote Alex Kirby: “The poor are the ones who suffer most. Water shortages can mean long walks to fetch water, high prices to buy it, food insecurity and disease from drinking dirty water.”

Few people want to face the truth and do the only logical thing that could save lives – both human and other animal – as well as the environment: Go Vegan. That’s the message in Genesis 1:29:

29. Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you;

~ New American Standard Bible
 


"Joyful Curmudgeon"
An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

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