“I predict we will see global protein shortages within our own lifetime.”
19 Jan 2010
“There is a finite availability of agricultural land. And with population growth there is increased competition for land between urban development and the production of food, animal feed, and now biofuels,” said Peter Barr, Chairman of the Meat and Livestock Commission at their annual Outlook Conference on Jan 17, 2010.
On top of this there are the pressures caused by short-term crises as a result of disease, droughts and floods and the longer-term impacts of climate change all of which destabilise world trade.
Food security has not been a fashionable topic. But, it is one I have been raising for a number of years, and it is now rapidly rising up the agenda.
What might this mean? Barr said, “I predict we will see global protein shortages within our own lifetime.” Does he connect this with the inefficiency of eating animals, instead of eating plants directly?
In any case, when people in this industry start issuing warnings like this, it makes me really worried.