The CAFO Syndrome:
An Interview With Mia Macdonald On China's Growing Appetite For US-Style Meat Production
"More than 60 billion farmed animals are alive today, a population that's set to rise to more than 100 billion by 2050 if current trends persist (there's a school of thought that thinks they simply can't, but we're talking about the numbers here)."Eating vegetarian is going to have to become more common everywhere." If that's true, several countries have a leg up on the US right now.
To have all of those animals raised in a free-range pasture system would require massive amounts of land, not to mention water and climate space.
The earth just doesn't have that much land -- and even if it did, there's a question about whether resources like land, water, and climate should be used to produce ever-greater quantities of meat that won't solve world hunger. Eating vegetarian is going to have to become more common everywhere. Those living and making policies in the industrialized world certainly have an opportunity to set an example."