The researchers let us know that in order to eat everyone in the future and continue to live on this planet, we need to change our diet. The ‘flexitarian' diet seems to be the solution. Less meat, more vegetables, less exploitation, more technologies: this is how we will eat tomorrow.
If we want to live on this Earth for a long time we must change our diet, so the diet of the future will be flexitarian. But what does it mean? The experts have calculated how and what we will have to eat to allow to live all 10 billion inhabitants who will populate the planet in 2050.
Solutions on multiple fronts, first rule: stop selfishness
The researchers explain that there is no single solution to the food problem that will arise in the future when the Earth will be populated by 10 billion people, but there are more actions we can take on various fronts and which will allow access to food, the limitation of global warming and, consequently, the salvation of the Earth itself. Experts in fact explain that by 2050 the food needs of humans could grow by 50-90%.
Possible and responsible changes, the flexitarian diet
The key points of these changes to which we must go to save ourselves are 3:
flexitarian diet, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that increase temperatures and lead to severe climate change, we must opt for a diet with less meat and more vegetables. The goal is to reduce the environmental impact through new fertilizers and the responsible use of land and water;
new technologies, as well as a change in the food we will have in the dishes, we must improve the technologies used in agriculture, which will have to limit the pressure on agricultural land and the extraction of fresh water, as well as the use of fertilizers. In general we will have to improve the management of this sector that could otherwise collapse;
reduce waste, we never think about it, but food waste affects worrying levels and for the future we will have to make sure we reduce the amount of food we throw away.
The global warming of which the meat sector (with intensive farming) is partly responsible is now worrying to the point of not knowing if and how much we will be able to contain the consequences. Surely, however, we cannot avoid thinking about changing our diet to help our planet.