Before the year 2050, human beings could use up all the drinking water resources on the planet. This is revealed in an article published by Inquisitr based on a secret report leaked by WikiLeaks.
The report was written by Nestlé executives, aware of the danger that this problem represents for the interests of the world's largest food company. According to the secret report, a third of the world's population would have water shortage problems before 2025, while the situation would turn catastrophic in 2050.
The report, secretly obtained by US officials, details how the West's largely meat-centric diet is wiping out drinking water. This is because to feed livestock it is necessary to grow tons of corn and soybeans, which in turn requires large amounts of the precious liquid.
Instead, if humans directly consumed these vegetables, much less water would be wasted. Currently, Americans are the largest consumers of meat worldwide, but this indicator is growing in countries such as India and China.
If everyone on the planet had the same eating habits as the average American, drinking water would have run out as early as 2000, when the planet reached 6 billion inhabitants. An alternative solution to embracing vegetarianism would be to colonize another planet to save humanity. And, as far-fetched as it may seem, there are already proposals of this type.
The World Bank calculates losses due to lack of water
Nestlé's report was secretly drafted and presented in 2009 to senior US officials, although WikiLeaks only released it last week. However, the conclusions of this document from seven years ago were independently confirmed by the World Bank, which this Tuesday published a report under the title "Climate Change, Water and the Economy."
According to the report, by 2050 the availability of drinking water in cities will be one third of the current level. Overall, by then water scarcity will severely affect the economy, with the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and parts of South Asia being the worst hit regions, where economies will lose between 7 and 14% of GDP.
The report warns that the water shortage will be due both to climatic factors and to the increase in the demand for drinking water, due to the growth of the population, economies and cities.