In the coming years, world meat production could increase by 40 million tonnes per year, a recent report points out. And we know the importance of greenhouse gas emissions it represents. The environment is likely to suffer even more if alternative solutions are not quickly implemented.
The animal husbandry industry represents an important part offrom . However, the share of meat production in the world could increase by 13% between 2019 and 2029, for a total production of 366 million tonnes of meat, say NGOs.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (), 45% of greenhouse gas emissions are linked to food production and processing. In 2013, livestock farming was responsible for 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to the FAO.
A lucrative sector
These data are listed in the, a report produced by the NGO Friends of Earth Europe and the Heinrich Böll Stiftung Foundation (Cologne, Germany). We also learn that more than 2,500 investment banks, private banks and pension funds around the world have invested a total of 478 billion dollars (or about 405 billion euros) in global companies in the meat sector and from between 2015 and 2020.
Meat production could increase further, according to the report, to a total production of 366 million tonnes of meat by 2029, a year ahead of the target year for the Sustainable Development Goals. A handful of countries monopolize 60% of this market: Brazil, China, the United States and members of the European Union, also points out.
For sustainable food
To stop this rate of production, the solution is unequivocal for the authors of the report: “ Developed countries will have to halve their meat consumptionand the climate ».
« Because many people already believe the climate is a reason to eat less beef and pork, governments have enough public support to reduce meat consumption. “, Say the latter.
Among the solutions mentioned by NGOs to reduce the proportions of animal products on our plates, the growing success of. « Vegan alternatives and in meat are quickly gaining popularity – making them tastier for larger companies too. Competition is likely to intensify around the : the developing lab-grown products are popping up everywhere », Underlines the survey.