Developing Countries See Sharp Rise in Meat Consumption

Check out this article in Voice of America that features our new research on rising farm animal populations and the increase in factory farms, or concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

The demand for meat products is rising sharply in developing nations as their economies improve. (Photo credit: Voice of America)

The demand for meat, eggs, and dairy products in developing countries has increased at a staggering rate in recent decades, according to the report. Although industrialized countries still consume the most animal products, urbanization and rising incomes in developing countries are spurring shifts to more meat-heavy diets. To meet this demand, animals are often raised in factory farms, which produce high levels of waste, use huge amounts of water and land for feed production, contribute to the spread of human and animal diseases, and play a role in biodiversity loss.

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