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- What should be mentioned there? On the basis of which sources? 09:41, 9 August 2013 (UTC)
Environmental impact of meat production
This paragraph reads like a love letter to meat consumers, when clearly it is the most environmentally destructive personal choice an individual can make. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 07:46, 15 January 2014 (UTC)
The evidence for the statements in the first paragraphs is debatable. The sentence "Paleontological evidence suggests that meat constituted a substantial proportion of the diet of even the earliest humans." should be quoted, because it's an exact copy from the referenced book, except that in the book it's "of the early Homo Sapiens", instead of "even the earliest humans". Even the referenced book hardly puts any evidence forth as to how much meat early Homo Sapiens actually ate. It only provides further references. It does say that sharp stones were found alongside early fossils of huminids, but this is no evidence for the amount of meat that they ate. I think that it can be safely assumed that hunting animals was not a priority, if they weren't an easy target or provided enough calories for the hunt to pay off.
Better sources should be provided for this period, which is commonly referred to by meat eating advocates as the "earliest evidence of how humans ate a lot of meat". — Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 02:18, 9 August 2013 (UTC)
- Do you have any reliable scholarly sources that contradict what the source we now use says? Basically we may only reiterate what such sources say, see WP:V. We may not engage in original research, see WP:NOR. 10:08, 9 August 2013 (UTC)
There should be a section in this article about global trends of Meat Consumption. There is evidence that meat consumption in industrialized countries is declining – while meat consumption in developing countries is rising.
The NY Times blogs : “The department of agriculture projects that our meat and poultry consumption will fall again this year, to about 12.2 percent less in 2012 than it was in 2007. Beef consumption has been in decline for about 20 years; the drop in chicken is even more dramatic, over the last five years or so; pork also has been steadily slipping for about five years.” The Meat Atlas summarizes:
- (page 46) Meat consumption in most industrialized countries is high, but has stagnated. In some countries, meat consumption has even gone down for the first time in decades. In the United States, the meat industry is alarmed by a 9-percent drop in consumption from 2007 to 2012. The industry feels threatened by what it sees as “a propaganda war on meat”. In Germany, in 2012, meat consumption went down by more than 2 kilograms per person a year.
- (page 46) One reason for this trend may be a series of meat scandals, including the use of meat that is well past its sell-by date in pre-prepared fast foods, the presence of dioxin in chicken feed, and horsemeat marketed as beef.
- (page 48) Economic growth in the BRICS […] is reflected in their meat consumption. Together, they account for 40 percent of the world’s population. Between 2003 and 2012, their meat consumption rose by 6.3 percent a year. It is expected to rise by another 2.5 percent a year between 2013 and 2022.
- (page 48) The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations assumes that by 2050, emerging markets will cover only 46 percent of their caloric intake with grains; another 29 percent will come from meat, eggs, milk and cheese.
- (page 48) To keep up with such demand, the world’s farmers and agricultural firms will have to boost their meat output from currently 300 million tonnes to 470 million tonnes by 2050.
- (page 48) “Non-veg”, as it is called in India, has become a status symbol among parts of the population.
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