A “well-fed” world is one in which…
- all people have enough food, and the right kinds of food. The right kinds of food maximize well-being and minimize harm… to people, animals, and the planet.
- people are not under-fed and undernourished, dying by the millions of “diseases of poverty,” such as: hunger, nutrient deficiency, and dehydration.
- people are not over-fed and malnourished, dying by the millions of “diseases of affluence,” such as: heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes.
- food is produced and distributed in ways that prioritize the common good. The food system is one that nourishes people, protects animals, and replenishes the planet.
Why & How
Industrialized meat production is rising at an alarming rate. The United Nations predicts meat consumption will double between 2000-2050, and that 60-70% more food will need to be produced to feed the predicted nine billion people in 2050.
There is widespread agreement that increasing livestock numbers and meat overconsumption are “major threats.”
Despite this, decisionmakers and opinion leaders have historically focused on technological fixes to increase food supply and population control to reduce food demand.
In doing so, they have neglected the relatively easy-to-implement component of reducing global meat consumption, thus reversing the Livestock Revolution.
A Well-Fed World seeks to remedy this by:
– Promoting the benefits of sustainable, animal-free solutions in response to global food security, health, hunger, and environmental concerns.
– Encouraging think tanks, social justice leaders, and global decisionmakers to promote the benefits and accessibility of plant-based foods in their policies and recommendations.
– Providing resources and educational materials to the general public improve food choices, especially in high-income countries and privileged communities where there is access to alternatives.
– Empowering locally-active groups with financial and material assistance, especially groups in low-income and otherwise disenfranchised communities.
Cycling crops through animals to produce meat and other animal-sourced foods is inefficient and detrimental to food security and climate change efforts.
Demand for animal products is not “given” or “fixed.” Demand is created by habit, cultural institutions, politics, and financial interests. Demand for animal products can be reduced through education campaigns, new political priorities, and financial incentives.
Producing and consuming fewer animal products is a much-neglected but critical “part of the solution,” especially for high-income, high-consuming populations.
While reducing consumption of animal-sourced foods is not a panacea, it will drastically improve key areas of concern for reducing global warming and global hunger.
A Well-Fed World began as an educational “plants for hunger” campaign in 2001 in response to the International Food Policy Research Institute’s (IFPRI) Livestock to 2020 report. This research warned of the rapidly increasing livestock numbers, but did not seek to reverse the trend because they deem it “demand-driven.”
In 2009, A Well-Fed World expanded to a program-based, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to directly alleviate hunger with animal-free food and farming at the community level, while promoting global food security by reframing animal-centric food choices and policies at the decisionmaking level(s).