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source: www.fao.org/documents/
show_cdr.asp?url_file=/docrep/005/y4252e/
y4252e05b.htm


archive.greenpeace.org/~geneng/
reports/animalprod.pdf


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meat production

Since 1960, global meat production has more than trebled…
  • this is attributed partly to the rise in population, as well as to the increase in affluence in many countries.


  • the large increase in demand for animal source foods (ASF) over the last few decades has been largely met by the worldwide growth in intensive livestock production, particularly poultry. This is expected to continue as real income grows in the emerging economies.
Annual growth in world meat production, by source, 1990-2001*
source19902001annual growth
  (million tons) (million tons) (%)
beef53571
pork70923
mutton1011 1
poultry4169 4


Meat demands huge amounts of water to be produced:
1 kglitres of water
grain100
meat 2.000-3000


On the same piece of land that is needed to produce 1 kg of meat (on average), one could harvest in the same period of time:
kg 
200 tomatoes
160 potatoes


Did you know?
  • A dairy cow may eat 4700 kg of forage and 1600 kg of concentrated feed a year;


  • according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) more than half the global production of antibiotics is used on farm animals.

* Based on FAO, 1948-1985 World Crop and Livestock Statistics (Rome: 1987); FAO, FAOSTATS Statistics Database, updated 28 May 2002.

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