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Meat consumption affects the climate and health

Meat consumption affects the climate and health

Meat Atlas 2014: Climate protection through meat waiver
11.01.2014

The demand for meat and poultry is increasing rapidly worldwide. In the Fleischatlas 2014, authors describe side effects of this growth, such as the effects on the global climate or health.

Meat consumption increases, especially in emerging countries The demand for meat and poultry is increasing rapidly. As the figures from the now published "Fleischatlas 2014" show, meat consumption is declining slightly in industrialized countries such as Germany or the USA, but it is increasing sharply in emerging countries such as China or India. This has a dramatic impact on the global food supply, as 70 percent of the arable land is now needed for animal feed. By the year 2050, a further 57 percent increase in meat consumption is expected, to then 470 million tons annually.

Germany exports more and more meat In Germany alone 3.2 million cattle, 58 million pigs, 627 million chickens, 25 million ducks and 37 million turkeys are slaughtered each year. There are also billions of fish and other animals. Even if there is a slight trend towards vegetarianism in Germany, this is of little use to the environment, as more and more meat is exported from Germany. The biggest meat eaters are the Luxembourgers, the Americans and the Australians.

Vegetarian diets reduce disease risks According to the meat atlas and information from the German Nutrition Society (DGE), it was also found that men eat twice as much meat as women. This is also twice as good for their health. But women are also at the upper limit. Studies in recent years have shown that people who eat vegetarian foods have a lower risk of developing many diseases. This applies especially to cardiovascular diseases. The advantage is that vegetarians eat more vegetables, fruits, legumes and nuts than "meat eaters". An English meta-analysis came to the conclusion, for example, that vegetarian food can reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases by 15 to 35 percent. In addition, other studies have shown that eating red meat in particular increases the risk of cancer.

Important contribution to global climate protection It is also possible to make an important contribution to global climate protection by avoiding meat, because those who feed on animals by detour use about seven times more floor space than if they were eating vegetarian. Anyone who decides to eat no or less meat will find numerous vegetarian dishes on the Internet.

Meat Atlas The Meat Atlas is a joint production by Le Monde diplomatique, the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the BUND, in which various authors explain on 48 pages why veterinary medicines make people ill, how growing meat consumption worldwide affects the global climate, destroys and damages the rainforest its much too high water consumption threatens a vital resource. (ad)

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