Instead of adjusting our stomach to the landscape, we adjusted the landscape to our stomach!
We created farms to control the number of animals and plants.
But it requires so much energy and space that there's not enough left for wild animals.
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Obviously this graphic is oversimplified. The point is that we are using human food for animals. The corn we give them wouldn't be suited for human consumption but you could grow human food on that same soil.
Most livestock also eats grass but all the cheap animal products are definitely fed with other food. In the US and Europe we use more than half of all our grain harvest for livestock feed.
Source: Rise foundation
We will look at land use in a later quest but here is an interesting overview:
Source: Our world in data
And while we feed our cows, pigs and chickens...
Maybe you've seen the expression that if everyone lived like a US citizen, we would need 4 Earths. Those numbers relate to all consumption and food is a big part of that.
In other words, people in Europe and the US can only live like this because the rest of the world isn't.
The food system
Problem 1 of 4
Our current appetite, especially for meat, is higher than what nature can provide.