The current food system we have now can barely feed the current population. If there was one way that I would change the food system, it would be to start growing food for people, not livestock. According to Cornell University researchers, “If all the grain currently fed to livestock in the United States were consumed directly by people, the number of people who could be fed would be nearly 800 million,”(David Pimentel). With there being around 795 million people without enough food to be healthy according to the United Nations, there is no single greater factor that could influence world hunger other than replacing meat with a plant based variant.
This plant based variant could also save a lot of water. According to doctor Pimental from Cornell, grain fed beef uses 100,000 liters of water per kilogram of meat. From not eating meat, an individual could potentially make a difference with the world food production and water consumption. The drought condition in California could be controlled with the conjunction of sane water practices in the valley. The water saved could be used to grow more plant-based crops more efficiently feeding people. It takes over 100 times less water to grow the same weight of wheat and 200 less water to the same weight in potatoes. From a standpoint of longevity for human kind it seems that a meatless or a plant-based diet is the only logical path.
A plant-based diet can also improve your performance. Personally as an athlete since switching to plant based I have been able to control my inflammation a lot more efficiently. I have also been able to recover from minor injuries quicker. I cannot say that a play based diet has statistical causation in making me a better athlete, all I have is the correlation of my years playing rugby. When I look at seasons I have been a meat based and one where I was plant-based, the plant based one allowed me to miss fewer missed games and play with a higher output of effectiveness.
The one change that I hope comes to our society sooner than later, should be an acceptance of a plant-based diet and that we need a sustainable approach to our food system. Our meals are short term and are craving based, they need to be more aimed towards longevity and providing for the long-term development of humanity.