According to a recent article in the Telegraph Journal, people in industrialized countries eat about 210 pounds of meat per person, per year. That works out to nine ounces a day, every day. And worldwide meat consumption is increasing as people in developing countries eat more meat, more often.
The environmental impact of producing all of that meat is huge.
It’s estimated that 15 to 18 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions come from livestock production, nearly half of which comes from growing and shipping the corn and soy used as feed. Another 45 percent are digestive gasses from cows.
There is a social impact to meat consumption too since about a third of the world’s grain production goes to feeding all that livestock instead of people.