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What Would Happen if Americans Stopped Eating Meat?

What Would Happen if Americans Stopped Eating Meat?
From Fine Dining Lovers - March 27, 2018

If all the farmers in the U.S stopped raising cattle and devoted their land to growing plant based foods, the country could feed 350 million more people, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Using complex computer modeling, researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel were able to analysis the American diet between 2000 to 2010. Working on a population size of 300 million, they looked at what would happen if all animal based foods, including dairy and eggs, were replaced with plants.

Food waste is a big topic at the moment and the researchers behind the study argued that one of the biggest and easily rectified issues in the food chain is the over production of "resource-intensive food items instead of more efficient, equally nutritious alternatives." The study showed that just replacing egg protein with plant protein would feed one million more people for the same price, you could feed a shocking 163 million more if you replaced beef with the same amount of plant protein.

They study states that, "plant-based replacement diets can produce 20-fold and twofold more nutritionally similar food per cropland than beef and eggs, the most and least resource-intensive animal categories, respectively."

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