“I eat, therefore I am.” What will be on our plates in 2040?
Have you ever wondered what we will be eating 20 years from now? Experts indicate that by then we will be battling climate change, trying to keep our planet’s temperature increase below 1.5ºC. While it seems like a small number, this change in temperature would have catastrophic consequences.
Now imagine that you are enjoying your lunch in 2040. What are you eating? Is it different from what you were eating in 2020?
More of the same?
Since ancient times, eating has been a social activity guided by the culture and traditions of society. In 20, or even 100 years, this will not change. What will change is the amount of thought we give for what we put into our bodies, where and how our food is produced, and the consequence of our food choices, which includes the impact on animals, the planet, public health, and social justice. We will be considering our food purchases past the ingredient list, taking into account production methods, transportation distances, labor conditions, and pesticide use.
Creating a Better Tomorrow
Now is the time to think about how today’s actions will affect tomorrow’s food. Will the waste of natural resources continue and cause devastating droughts, increased world hunger, and widen the wealth gap? Or will we wake up and understand the link between animal agriculture, air and water pollution, deforestation, desertification, and poverty?
Did you know that 1,500 gallons of water and 25 pounds of grain are used to grow just one pound of beef? Take a moment and think about how many people could go without hunger and thirst, as well as how much suffering would be avoided, if we stopped using animal products.
The Power of Consumers
Fortunately, many of today’s consumers are demanding that our food has the lowest impact on the environment and does not cause unnecessary harm to animals. Thankfully, innovation is on our side and conscientious companies around the world are flooding the market with compassionate alternatives. These include alternatives that eliminate deadly saturated animal fats, stop harmful animal agriculture greenhouse gas emissions and end the unimaginable suffering to farmed animals. For example, we have all heard about the Impossible Burger – the hamburger that cooks and tastes like meat. Or Beyond Meat, whose products are taking the world by storm with burgers, meatless ground beef, and chickenless strips. And there are also amazing plant-based dairy, egg and meat products from Oatly, JUST Egg, Miyoko’s, Violife, No Evil Foods, and Gardein. The list of cruelty-free substitutes grows by the day, and by choosing these compassionate options, you are making a powerful consumer statement.
Transforming the Food System
It is fair to assume that by 2040, plant-based alternatives will be plentiful across the globe and ready to transform the food system. We will be able to make the livestock industry and its terrible destruction a thing of the past. The majority of humans love animals. The question is: Will everyone someday be able to include farmed animals into their circle of compassion and fully embrace plant-based alternatives? We certainly hope so.
We can paint many possible futures for what it will be like to eat consciously in 2040, and yet none of them is certain. But one thing is non-negotiable: Our current food system, based on industrial factory farming, has to change into a more sustainable model if we want to prevent our planet from collapsing.
Removing the Problem from our Plates
The solution is on our plates. Ending our dependence on animal products will reduce:
- Animal cruelty by ending confinement and slaughter
- Food injustice affecting vulnerable populations by freeing up resources
- Pollution of our air and waterways by closing down destructive factory farms
- Climate change and all its repercussions, including droughts and natural disasters, by eliminating harmful carbon emission from industrial farming
- Zoonotic illnesses killing hundreds of thousands of people by stopping pandemic disease spread from animal agriculture before it starts
- Premature deaths caused by diets high in saturated fats by choosing plant-based options
You Can Make a Difference
Today’s food choices are defining our future. Each time you choose a compassionate meal, you are taking a step towards a world without cruelty to animals, deadly animal-borne pandemics, and rampant pollution. A world where all animals are respected and protected and whose resources can feed all its human and non-human inhabitants alike.
Start changing the course of history today – choose alternatives to meat, dairy & eggs and leave animals off your plate!