Meat Atlas - Facts and figures about the animals we eat

Meat Atlas - Facts and figures about the animals we eat

Meat Atlas: How over-consumption and intensive meat production wreck the planet
Feb 02, 2014
Heinrich Böll Stiftung, BUND, Le Monde Diplomatique
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Place of Publication: Berlin
Date of Publication: January 2014 (First edition)
Number of Pages: 66 pages
License: CC-BY-SA

Food is a necessity. And it’s very personal. Satisfaction reflects ethical decisions, and private concerns can be very political in nature. We are more and more alienated from what is on our plates and in our hands, so responsible food consumption is something that an increasing number of people demand. These people need information on which to base their decisions and to answer their questions.

This publication sheds light on the impacts of meat and dairy production, and aims to catalyse the debate over the need for better, safer and more sustainable food and farming.

 

 

Table of contents:

Introduction

Lessons to learn

The rise of the global market

Concentration: Economies of scale but less diversity

Making products from animals: The slaughter industry

Bright pink in the cold cabinet

Free trade versus safe food

The hidden cost of steak

Why farms kill fish: Biodiversity loss on land and in water

A species-poor planet

Antibiotics: Breeding superbugs

When the tank is running dry

The grain in the feed trough

The emergence of a Latin American soy empire

The climate cost of cattle

Ranchers in the rainforest

The glyphosate in your burger

A plethora of poultry: Chickens take the lead

Where keeping chickens is women's work

Imported chicken wings destroy West African businesses

Disquiet in the developed world

Half a billion new middle-class consumers from Rio to Shanghai

Urban livestock keeping

Turning scrub into pollution

In search of good food

Vegetarianism: Many roots, many shoots

What to do and how to do it: Individuals and groups

A greener policy for Europe

Authors and sources for data and graphics

Resources