People eat a lot of meat. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) the average person ate 75 pounds of meat as of 2014, and that number is only slated to rise. By 2024, the average person will consume about 78 pounds of meat per year. For those concerned about the amount of meat humans eat, and those who hope to see less meat consumption in the future, these numbers are frightening.
Why would some people like to see less global meat consumption? There are a variety of familiar reasons, ranging from concerns over animal rights to concerns over health. But one newer reason, which has come to light in recent years, is that meat production isn't great for the environment. In an age when more people are becoming concerned about climate change, it seems relevant that, according to The Guardian, around 7.5 percent of all CO2 emissions on earth are caused by meat production.
Producing meat, particular beef, also takes a large amount of land, which could otherwise serve as a home for wild animals. Many species around the world are threatened by loss of habitat, some of which is a direct result of meat production, according to a study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment.