If America went vegan, 327 million people would have enough to eat – twice

by | August 19, 2018

The switch from animal protein to plant-based would noticeably impact the health of the nation, food loss, and greenhouse gas emissions. 

A Vegan America?

Can Americans really give up their way of life, from corporate greed of the animal-based agricultural industries and ‘entertainment’ in the form of rodeos or hunting down defenseless animals in the middle of the night. 

A recent study published in the  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows it is possible, and the roughly forty-one million Americans who experience hunger each year be a thing of the past. While switching to a vegan diet would just feed all 327 inhabitants, and an additional 350 million more.

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The study examined the United States agricultural use that is dedicated to raising livestock for the food system, and replacing it with the agriculture of a vegan diet. According to their research, the land would produce twice the food it currently does.  

According to the research, if this land was used to cultivate plants instead of animals for slaughter, the land and US farmers could feed double the number of people they do now.

“Concurrently replacing all animal-based items in the US diet with plant-based alternatives will add enough food to feed, in full, 350 million additional people – well above the expected benefits of eliminating all supply chain food waste,” the study states.

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Vegan Nation 

Ron Milo, a sustainability researcher at the Weizmann Institue of Science in Israel leading the study with his researchers replaced the foods grown in the area with “nutritionally comparable” plant-based alternatives, to adequately keep a level of optimal health for the country, comparative to what they were currently nutritionally accustomed to, while switching to a vegan diet. Providing the same calories, protein, fiber, and vitamins, without an increase of fat in the diet. 

The team found “nutritionally equivalent combination of potatoes, peanuts, soybeans and other plants, the total amount of food available to be eaten would increase by 120%.”

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A vegan USA in our lifetime? With extreme obesity, climate change and populations growing each day, it’s starting to become something that we cannot ignore. 

“Let’s start with the most obvious and oft-discussed reason for the reduction of marine life: overfishing. 90-100 million tonnes of fish are pulled from our oceans each year with some sources even estimating 150 million tonnes. Between the 1950’s to 2011 worldwide catches increased 5 fold while the amount of fish in sea was reduced by ½. 3/4 of the world’s fisheries are exploited or depleted and some scientists predict that we will see fishless oceans by 2048… when you pick through the data and unravel the terminology, the upward trend of fish stock depletion becomes clear. The bottom line is that as of the most current report from 2014 using 2011 data, less than 10% (9.9%) of our world’s fisheries remain unexploited. It’s not just the amount of fish being taken from the ocean for food that is the issue. Far more devastating are those non-target species unintentionally captured, termed bycatch, or more accurately, by-kill. According to the FAO, for every 1 pound of fish caught, up to 5 pounds of unintended marine species are caught and discarded as by-kill, though figures can be as high as 20lbs of untargeted species for every pound of targeted animals killed” – http://www.bitesizevegan.org/bite-size-vegan-nuggets/main-nuggets/empty-oceans-is-the-world-running-out-of-fish/ @bitesizevegan For our children, for the planet, for the animals, for the future of our oceans #RaiseVegan – – – #fishing #fish #ocean #travel #fishingindustry #animalagriculture #veganism #govegan #meatfree #healthyeating #wildcaught #overfishing #bitesizevegan #vegankids #savetheworld #seaturtle #dolphins #shark #seafood #seals #whale #savethewhales #activism #pollution #factoryfarming #bethechange #plastic #zerowaste

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Emma Williams

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3 Responses to “If America went vegan, 327 million people would have enough to eat – twice”

  1. Lightfinger
    August 19th, 2018 @ 7:09 pm

    I believe that you left out a word…
    “and the roughly forty-one Americans who experience hunger “

  2. Emma Williams
    August 19th, 2018 @ 7:33 pm

    Thank you!

  3. Helgalina
    August 20th, 2018 @ 5:11 pm

    Dream a little dream! It would be so great, but people are so stubborn and ignorant . Especially the politicians. Even if you shove it into their faces they just don’t want to see all the suffering, health problems, huge danger for our environment and look away.

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