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Would it be fair to say that if everyone in the world was vegetarian, world hunger would not exist?<br><br><br><br><br><br>
I need it for a persuasion essay I'm doing for English (guess what it's about. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> ).
 

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There would still be hunger because some people will not be able to pay for it. Currrently, it appears as though there is enough food for everyone, so no one should be starving.<br><br><br><br>
Would food be cheaper if we were not shovelling a lot of it into cows? One way to look at it, would be yes because there would be more farm land being used to produce food for humans, instead of animals. On the other hand, prices would probably remain the same, as farmers would not continue to produce their products unless they are making money. Therefore, less land would be used to keep prices in a profitable range, leading to little change in the number of hungry people. It is obviously more complicated than that.<br><br><br><br>
If we were in a situation where we could not produce enough food to feed the world's population - like say the world with 8 or 9 billion people - then yes a switch to a vegetarian diet would reduce the amount of starving people because a omni diet requires more acreage of land than a vegetarian one.<br><br><br><br>
I think there would be numerous benefits to a world where everyone in a vegetarian. But, to cure world hunger requires more than a dietary shift, it would require an attitude shift.
 

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Thank you.<br><br><br><br>
I also had another question: What would you respond to someone who says "If everyone was a vegetarian, there would be chickens, cows, and pigs running around everywhere."
 

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the cows, pigs, chickens, other animals bred for slaughter, wouldn't be bred excessively by humans. They would breed by themselves and not bread so fast.
 

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Well there wouldn't be. Domestic chickens, cows and pigs exist because they are profitable. If they were not profitable - ie because people are not consuming them - they would not be bred in the first place. (of course there would still be some pigs, cows and chickens at hobby farms and as pets, but the world doesn't need billions of chickens when we only have a couple hundred mountain gorillas for instance. It also wouldn't be a problem like say lots of cats and dogs running around reproducing due to irresponsible pet ownership. Turkeys and pigs and several other farm animals have been manipulated through breeding over the years to the point where 1. they can't reproduce without human assistance and 2. they grow so fast ie broiler chickens that they would not be able to live very long as their vital organs are overtaxed by their size.) Lets assume that everyone in the world became a vegetarian over a period of 10 years, during that ten year period farmers would bread fewer and fewer animals (most farm animals are bred through artifical insemination now anyways so farmers produce the amount of turkeys that they think they can sell, no more). Now if by chance everyone woke up tomorrow morning and was a vegetarian, then there would be a problem as there would be billions of animals to feed and on top of that there would be billions of people to feed who are probably consuming more fruits and vegetables then they were yesterday. So grocery stores would run out of produce in a couple days, produce farmers wouldn't be producing enough because obviously they didn't expect there to be so much of a demand. Obviously such a shift overnight would be impossible to deal with, but that would never happen anyways. A shift of the world to being vegetarian over a couple years would not have the same problems.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>ketivnilloc</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
They would breed by themselves and not bread so fast.</div>
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Maybe, maybe not.<br><br><br><br>
I grew up on a dairy farm. I have not seen a adult bull dairy cow in at least 10 years. Nothing but females, as males are irrelevant.<br><br><br><br>
Most pigs are bred through artifical insemination. Through breeding the male pigs are so big that they would crush most females in the event of...<br><br>
Plus pigs have been bred to the point where they are so lean they would not be able to survive temperature changes which they would experience "out doors."<br><br><br><br>
Turkeys have been breed to the point where they are so big that in a lot of cases their parts don't fit together anymore.<br><br><br><br>
These animals have evolved to the point where survival outside of being a "farm animal" would be difficult (beef cows would be an exception).
 
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