Consumption of meat is increasing at a faster rate than the world population. On a global scale the per capita consumption and the total amount of meat consumed are higher than ever before. This is bad news for the environment and our health, a report, published in the Journal of Science, says.
Two main factors are responsible. The world’s population is increasing which drives overall demand up, and individual incomes are rising so more people can afford to eat meat
There are various harmful effects on the environment. Rearing livestock produces higher carbon emissions than growing vegetables, fruits and grains. Currently, livestock production is responsible for 15% of all carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide emissions.