The report of the University of Glasgow examined the connection between the consumption of meat and dairy products with climate change.
Almost one-third of the cultivated land worldwide is used for the production of feed. Only in the European Union, 45% of wheat production is used for this purpose, with 30% of the total use to be covered by imports.
At the global level, the problems associated with the increase in the consumption of meat is expected to deteriorate considerably, with the world’s population to grow steadily.
“The global meat consumption is projected to increase by 76% compared with current levels by mid-century. Throughout the developing world, is going on a so-called “protein transition”. As well as rising incomes, increasing meat consumption,” says the study.
If the demand for meat in the developed world has stabilised, the consumption is at a level which is considered excessive, warn the researchers.
This trend statements
front of even more difficult the achievement of the objective of the United Nations to limit the global temperature increase to below two degrees Celsius, compared with pre-industrial levels.
“This situation is not sustainable. A growing world population can not converge to the levels of meat consumption of developed countries without huge social and environmental cost. Livestock is a highly inefficient use of limited resources of land and water and is a main factor of deforestation, destruction of habitats and loss of species,” concludes the study.