Meat Consumption Down in the US…But on the Rise Everywhere Else
Breaking news: According to the United States Department of Agriculture, “overall per capita meat consumption has fallen nearly 10 percent since the 2007-‘8 financial meltdown,” coupled with a nationwide rise in the atmosphere of health and humane-awareness, this makes sense. However, the number of animals in the US is on the rise, particularly when one examines the increase in animals on a per site basis (also rising). The author, Tom Philpott, explains that this complicates things, and certainly impacts the environment – from air quality to water (particularly the expulsion of waste) – citing a Food and Water Watch report:
Six of the 150 pathogens found in animal manure are responsible for 90 percent of human food- and water-borne diseases: Campylobacter, Salmonella, Listeria, E. coli 0157:H7, Cryptosporidium and Giardia.
What does this mean? Aside from the consequences of jamming all of these animals together in close proximity to one-another as manure output continues to climb to absurd highs – it means that “globally, demand for meat continues to rise…US meat exports have tripled in value since 1997,” and that the industry is pushing for trade deals elsewhere.
Click the link below for the full story (and several convenient graphs).
Original article & image source: http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2015/06/factory-farms-keep-getting-bigger