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