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That’s a loaded question, and one, I must admit, that I have still not even answered to my fullest extent as of yet. Surprising, I know, lol. I’m in the same boat as you though, I’ve seen arguments for both stances [for and against] a complete conversion to vegetarianism, and even some that went far enough to propose world-wide veganism. As for the entomophagy, correct me if I’m wrong, I’m pretty sure a lot of different parts of the world already practice this due to availability/location etc. which I’ve honestly never heard anything bad about, surprisingly. [Then again I probably just haven’t kept my eyes open enough for any studies done on these types of diets.] So I feel that would be more viable as a “whole conversion” type of thing before vegetarianism on a world-wide scale, and especially before complete veganism.
Now the question that is important as well, I feel, is how necessary a complete conversion would be in our future, as opposed to a pure revamping of the whole of the food industry in general, including all the issues around meat, which I feel could possibly work out if done correctly.
To answer your question, though, as simply as possible, I’m not 100% sure as to where exactly we are headed as a whole community [world-wide], though I can say it’s not in a completely good path. Surely it’s easy to say we’re running out of resources, that we’re taking tons of them faster than our Earth can naturally reproduce and replace them, but it’s quite the opposite when it comes to reform of diet or even the food industry itself due to the availability of food sources and all the politics tied in. [And of course, when discussing food sources, we also must take into account the plethora of fresh water used for not only the crops but to hydrate the meat as well.] Especially when you have countries, such as the U.S., that are literally lands of over-indulgence and endless waste. Have some numbers to see what I’m talking about: “We [U.S. citizens] make up 5 percent of the global population, but use 20 percent of the world’s energy. We eat 15 percent of the world’s meat. We produce 40 percent of the world’s garbage.” [x]
For example, the U.S. produces about 40% of the world’s corn crops, which is practically the largest individual corn producer in the world. Imagine how much of that goes to waste in many different ways. And that’s JUST corn! “As much as 50% of all food produced in the world ends up as waste every year according to figures from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. The IME estimate that 30-50% (1.2-2bn tonnes) of all food produced is “lost before reaching a human stomach”. ” [x]
As I mentioned earlier, this poses the question, how much water are we consequently using, and even wasting, as well? “Approximately 3.8tn cubic metres of water is used by humans annually with 70% being consumed by the global agriculture sector. The amount of water wasted globally in growing crops that never reach the consumer is estimated at 550bn cubic metres.
IME claim that water requirements to meet food demand in 2050 could reach between 10-13.5tn cubic metres per year - about triple the current amount used annually by humans.
Meat production requires a much higher amount of water than vegetables. IME state that to produce 1kg of meat requires between 5,000 and 20,000 litres of water whereas to produce 1kg of wheat requires between 500 and 4,000 litres of water.
The table below shows typical values for the volume of water required to produce common foodstuffs. Chocolate tops the list with 17,196 litres of water need to produce 1kg of the product. Beef, sheep and pork meat all require high volumes of water for production also. Tea, beer and wine use the least according to the list. Compared to the production of meat, vegetable foodstuffs require considerably less water - 1kg of potatoes for example uses 287 litres of water.” [x]
So as you can see, we use, and sadly waste, more food and thus water continuously every year than some could possibly imagine. With all the regular food items we’ve grown accustomed to, such as chocolate, for example, it would be much easier to somehow as I mentioned earlier “revamp” the whole of the food industry and how it is produced as well as distributed than to convert everyone to a vegetarian, vegan, or even an entomophagy-based diet in one sweep. What ever we do, we need to do it fast. Water is already becoming an issue on many fronts, and our wasteful lifestyles are giving no aid to our dwindling resources.
We’re either going to reconstruct our consumerist lives and mindsets or we’re going to start seeing even more backlash from not only nature, but the economies and societies of the world as well. The harder it is to get certain [food] items the more prices will go up, and the more certain cultures will “hoard”, for lack of a better word, certain produces and/or meats.
I’m sorry I can’t give you a clear-cut answer of my opinion on this, like I said in the beginning, it’s a loaded question. But, if you’d like to continue this further off-anon I would definitely be open to a more in-depth discussion.