What if Everyone in the World Became a Vegetarian?
Slate's L.V. Anderson explores the potential ramifications of the hypothetic situation where everyone in the world suddenly became vegetarian (an extremely unlikely scenario, which can easily lead to getting carried away with speculation, admits Anderson). She posits three major shifts would occur: there would be a major economic collapse as livelihoods disappeared, vast expanses of land once dedicated to livestock and livestock-feed would become available, and the risk of anti-biotic resistant infections would plummet. While far-fetched and by no means ideal, Anderson highlights that continuing on business as usual, continuing to consume as much meat as we currently do, will similarly have disastrous results. Rather, we need a steady but continuous decrease in our meat consumption.