Sources of drinking water are in danger as the leaked report revealed that our planet will soon run out of drinking water.
A classified document, which was released on Wikileaks, says that as more people around the globe eat meat the closer we come as a global civilisation to devastating water shortages.
Producing just one pound of meat requires a huge amount of water as farmers have to use it to keep their crops healthy to feed their livestock.
Countries such as India and China are on the rise in terms of meat consumption and will soon catch up with the amount taken by Europe, and then potentially the USA.
Food manufacturer Nestle told officials that it is concerned about the amount of meat consumption globally, which led to a secret report dubbed ‘Tour D’Horizon with Nestle: Forget the Global Financial Crisis, the World Is Running Out of Fresh Water’.
The report said: “Nestle starts by pointing out that a calorie of meat requires 10 times as much water to produce as a calorie of food crops.
“As the world’s growing middle classes eat more meat, the earth’s water resources will be dangerously squeezed.”
It goes on to say that “one-third of the world’s population will be affected by fresh water scarcity by 2025, with the situation only becoming more dire thereafter and potentially catastrophic by 2050”.
The report highlights the US’s meat consumption and adds that it is not a sustainable level, especially if countries such as China and India – which make up 37 per cent of the global population – catch up.
It said: “The current US diet provides about 3600 calories per day with substantial meat consumption.
“There is not nearly enough fresh water available to provide this standard to a global population expected to exceed 9 billion by mid-century.”