Save the humans

Dear omnivores: I know you love to hate yourself some “righteous” vegetarian-type folks. But listen, “Leading scientists … [say] the world’s population may have to switch almost completely to a vegetarian diet over the next 40 years to avoid catastrophic shortages,” according to a story by John Vidal in the U.K.’s The Guardian, which cites the Stockholm International Water Institute’s 2012 report, “Feeding a thirsty world: Challenges and opportunities for a water and food secure world.” Even the UN-Water Task Force on Indicators, Monitoring and Reporting found that “because of the low energy efficiency of the food chain, protein rich diets require substantially more water than vegetarian diets.” Bottom line? Abstaining from eating meat obviously spares the lives of animals, but it saves human lives, too.