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Friday, March 21, 2014

Strategic CSR - Meat

If you are looking for some reasons to become a vegetarian, the article from The Economist in the url below provides plenty:
“Livestock matters because it is the biggest land user in the world. More land is given over to grazing animals than for any other single purpose. About a third of the world’s crops are fed to animals, and they use a third of all available fresh water. … But meat is an inefficient source of calories. It accounts for 17% of global calorific intake, but uses twice that amount of land, water and feed.”
“Livestock also damages the environment. It accounts for between 8% and 18% of greenhouse-gas emissions. … Roughly a fifth of all the world’s pasture has been degraded by overgrazing. Livestock uses water inefficiently: you need about 15,000 litres of water to produce a kilo of beef but only 1,250 litres for a kilo of maize or wheat. And animals form a significant reservoir of diseases that affect humans … three quarters of new infectious diseases of people were first found in animals.”
“The logical conclusion was drawn by Rajendra Pachauri, the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, who said ‘eat less meat; you’ll be healthier and so will the planet.’”
The problem, of course, is that not many of us are listening:
“Urbanisation and rising incomes mean that more of the world is converging on European and American levels of meat consumption, which is roughly 100kg a year (80kg in Britain, 120kg in America). At the moment, most of Africa and South Asia eats less than 20kg of meat a year. Even if parts of India remain vegetarian, shifting patterns of demand imply worldwide meat consumption will double by 2050.”
Have a good weekend
David Chandler & Bill Werther
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