WHY YOU NEED TO LIMIT YOUR CONSUMPTION OF RED MEAT?
Here is why you need to limit your consumption of red meat. Often perceived as beneficial and protein-rich food, meat is appreciated worldwide, especially in France, about 38 percent of people ate meat three to five times a week in France. Although meat production tripled between 1971 and 2010, today, its consumption tends to stagnate in so-called developed countries such as France or the United States. However, the phenomenon is reversed in developing countries such as China, that continuously consume more and more meat products.
Consequences: world meat production in 2013 was more than 310 million tons, possibly reaching more than 460 million tons in 2050. To fill our carnivorous stomachs, no less than 65 billion animals are slaughtered every year throughout the world.
Due to all the above situation, citizens and organizations are increasing to reduce or even eliminate meat production to preserve the environment, respect animal welfare and reduce waste of resources such as water, used in excess. Let’s see why reducing daily meat consumption is beneficial in many ways, including the health, environment, and living conditions of the animals.
1. Eat less meat to preserve the environment
They are produced by the digestion of ruminants and the use of fertilizers for crops and represent more than 14% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
2. Eat less meat to avoid intense agriculture
Feeding the animals to finish on the plate of the final consumer requires the use and production of many resources. km² of land, millions of liters of water every year, and finally, the intensive cultivation of cereals to feed them. In the past, mostly animals ate grass-fed, like cereals such as corn, wheat, or GM soybeans. Therefore, in today’s world, more than 70% of agricultural land is used to raise animals for our daily consumption.