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Experts Predict 2030 As Year Of “Total Collapse” For Beef & Dairy Industry

by | October 10, 2019

A recently released report has predicted that the beef and dairy industries could be destined for “total collapse” by 2030.

The report — dubbed “Rethinking Food and Agriculture, 2020 – 2030” and conducted by independent think tank RethinkX — illustrates how advancing technology is poised to revolutionize the food system as we know it, prompting the collapse of animal agriculture.

“We are on the cusp of the deepest, fastest, most consequential disruption in food and agricultural production since the first domestication of plants and animals ten thousand years ago,” it reads.

It predicts also that demand for cow products will have dropped by 70% by 2030 and that “the U.S. cattle industry will be effectively bankrupt” by that time.

In the wake of the collapse of the beef and dairy industries, the report also predicts that other livestock markets, such as fish and chicken, will soon follow.

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It is predicted that chicken and fish industries will also begin to collapse (Source: Cat Act Art/Shutterstock)

Advances In Food Technology

The RethinkX report explains that a primary driving force behind the predicted collapse is that “The cost of proteins will be five times cheaper by 2030…than existing animal proteins…They will also be superior in every key attribute – more nutritious, healthier, better tasting, and more convenient.”

If the findings of the report are accurate then the current food system of animal agriculture will largely be replaced by a model known as “Food-as-Software.”

This new model would entail food being engineered by scientists “at a molecular level.” This information could then be accessed by producers anywhere in the world and used to create food in a similar way to how “software developers design apps.”

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Inside an industrial dairy farm (Source: Mark Brandon/Shutterstock.com)

Environmental Benefits Of An End To Beef & Dairy

The report also predicts that, if the beef and dairy industry ceased to exist, the environmental benefits would significant “with net greenhouse gas emissions from the sector falling by 45% by 2030.”

Additionally, environmental problems that are exacerbated by animal agriculture, such as water shortages, deforestation, ocean pollution, and species extinction, could also be relieved with a move toward a plant-based food system.

Do you think the world could be free of the dairy and beef industries by 2030? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!


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