From the age of 16 to 26 years old, I was an ovo-lacto-vegetarian. It wasn’t hard, in the sense that I ever felt tempted to eat meat. It was hard in the sense that there was often little choice of meals in the public domain (e.g. restaurants).
Now, there appear to be a plethora of choices in comparison. Even vegans might more easily find something to eat (feel free to comment with your own experiences).
I still have grave concerns about the way animals are treated but wonder if avoiding eating them is part of the solution to climate change and related ills. Thus, I am intrigued by the following graph.
Graph: which diet feeds the most people?
It suggests that the diet which can feed the most people is a plant-based diet with milk. Add in eggs and slightly fewer people can be fed. And at the other extreme is the current Western diet, which appears to feed about half as many people as a lacto-vegetarian diet.
Unfortunately, I haven’t so far been able to find details of the study which achieved these results. It is therefore hard for me to gauge whether the graph holds any truth or if it is simply propaganda.
Furthermore, feeding the world and feeding the world well are two different things. There is no consensus, as far as I can see, on which diet is the healthiest (apart from the fact that most people do not eat healthily).
One thing is certain, however: no matter how productive my forest garden is, it will never provide all my dietary needs.