The earth's population recently hit 7 billion, out of which more than a billion people worldwide are starving. At this rate, it is estimated that by 2050 there will be more than 9 billion people living on the planet, leading to potential food, energy and water shortages. If this wasn't concerning enough, our agricultural systems are degrading land, water, biodiversity and the climate on a global scale. Without more sustainable practices in the horizon, our planet is going to become even less able to feed its growing population in the years ahead.
While at an individual level, we may not have the power to change government policies and business practices overnight to ensure food security, we do have the power to control our food choices. The startling truth is 70 percent of the world's agricultural land is used to raise livestock, either for grazing or for growing feed rather than growing food for humans. Further, the world's cattle alone consume a quantity of food equal to the caloric needs of 8.7 billion people -- more than the entire human population on Earth!
We can all make a difference right now, by choosing plant-based foods when we eat. Here are 11 delicious recipes to get you started.
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