On Meat

by F.

According to Compassion in World Farming, annual meat consumption has increased quite a bit in the last 40 years:

  • Europe: from 56kg (123lb) to 89kg
  • America: from 89kg to 124kg
  • China: from 4kg to 54kg

The metrically challenged will recall that a kilo is 2.2 pounds. That’s a lot of meat—272.8 pounds a year per person in America. Unfortunately, every kg of meat requires a lot of grain—10kg for beef—making it a pretty inefficient source of calories. This doesn’t seem like a sustainable source of protein, unless maybe we can start growing it in vats without the usual animal life support system attached (i.e., the cow, pig, chicken, lamb, rabbit, etc.)

Source: The Economist; Compassion in World Farming