Carnivores are taking over the planet and that’s not good for anyone, warn scientists.

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.

Animal production contributes to a loss of biodiversity, as forests and untamed land are turned into agricultural fields to grow animal feed.

Another area of concern is human health. Meat is a good source of nutrients for low-income households, but a meat-heavy diet has been linked to incidents of colorectal cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Source: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/08/global-appetite-for-meat-is-growing/

Author: Dr. Nirmal Shah

Nirmal is a well-known and a passionate personality in the Seychelles environmental and sustainability scene having an encyclopedic knowledge of Seychelles biodiversity as well as a wealth of experience in environment management. He has worked in senior positions in the parastatal, government, private and NGO sectors and consulted for international organizations such as the World Bank, IUCN, UNEP, Sida and UNESCO. He has appeared on CNN, BBC, Radio France, PBS, NBC, ABC, SABC and others

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