Dear MEL Topic Readers,
Which countries eat the most meat?
World’s meat consumption has been on the rise for the last half-century. As the global population has more than doubled from around three billion to over seven, food consumption has increased to fill the larger-than-ever stomach. Also, thanks to the developing economies, there has been a substantial increase in the middle-class population, particularly in China and other Asian countries. Now, more people can afford to eat meat than ever before while most people in Africa have not enjoyed such luxury yet. In fact, people in Ethiopia, Rwanda or Nigeria eat only one-tenth of meat compared to Europeans.
Though moderate meat consumption brings about health benefits, meat production, red meat in particular, harms the environment. The most inefficient converter of feed is beef, which has three to ten times as much impact on land use, water, and greenhouse gas emissions compared to chicken.
As both overall and middle-class population increase, more recipes for vegetarian and poultry dishes need to be developed for the welfare and environment.
Enjoy reading and think what your next celebratory meal is going to be.