Meat consumption set for a new record year
This year, the world is to set a new record in meat consumption, according to the latest forecast issued by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. The organization projects that global meat consumption will rise by more than 1% this year. The fastest growth will occur in low- and middle-income countries, where incomes are steadily climbing.
Basically, the world will consume about 350 million tonnes of meat, pig meat and chicken being the ones favored by consumers. This will generate more greenhouse-gas emissions; global emissions from food production are expected to rise 60% by 2050, in large part because of increased livestock production, warns MIT Technology Review magazine.
Alternative proteins and climate-friendly livestock are some of the solutions foreseen by scientists to deal with this challenge. So far, the estimates for the alternative protein market show a rise of up to 25% of these products in the global food market in 2035. At the same time, "new methods such as feed additives developed by Mootral or red seaweed could immediately reduce cattle’s methane emissions, as could incorporating more fats and proteins into their diets. And intensifying cattle production by, for instance, providing crop-based feeds and raising pasture productivity is one of our greatest opportunities to reduce global agricultural land use and emissions", argues the authors.
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