Meat Atlas - Facts and figures about the animals we eat

Meat Atlas - Facts and figures about the animals we eat

Heinrich Böll Foundation, BUND, Le Monde Diplomatique
For free
Place of Publication: Berlin
Date of Publication: January 2014 (Secondary edition)
Number of Pages: 68
License: CC-BY-SA

Food is a necessity. And it’s very personal. Satisfaction reflects ethical decisions, and private concerns can be very political in nature. We are more and more alienated from what is on our plates and in our hands, so responsible food consumption is something that an increasing number of people demand. These people need information on which to base their decisions and to answer their questions.

This publication sheds light on the impacts of meat and dairy production, and aims to catalyse the debate over the need for better, safer and more sustainable food and farming.


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Table of contents: 

2 Imprint

6 Introduction

8 Lessons to learn

10 The rise of the global market

12 Concentration: Economies of scale but less diversity

14 Making products from animals: The slaughter industry

16 Bright pink in the cold cabinet

18 Free trade versus safe food

20 The hidden cost of steak

22 Why farms kill fish: Biodiversity loss on land and in water

24 A species-poor planet

26 Antibiotics: Breeding superbugs

28 When the tank is running dry

30 The grain in the feed trough

32 The emergence of a Latin American soy empire

34 The climate cost of cattle

36 Ranchers in the rainforest

38 The glyphosate in your burger

40 A plethora of poultry: Chickens take the lead

42 Where keeping chickens is women's work

44 Imported chicken wings destroy West African businesses

46 Disquiet in the developed world

48 Half a billion new middle-class consumers from Rio to Shanghai

50 Urban livestock keeping

52 Turning scrub into pollution

54 In search of good food

56 Vegetarianism: Many roots, many shoots

58 What to do and how to do it: Individuals and groups

60 A greener policy for Europe

62 Authors and sources for data and graphics

64 Resources

66 About us


Eurestatistische Aufbereitung der verschieden Aspekte der Landwirtschaft und deren Nachfolgeindustrie sowie Konsumenten verhalten ist aussergewoehnlich gut! Herzlichen Glueckwunsch zu dieser Arbeit und hoffe gleichzeitig, in Zukunft aehnliches Material lessen zu loennen - vielen Dank fuer Eure Arbeit die uns noch dazu kostenlos zur Verfuegung steht - Willy Heikenwaelder, Getreidefarmer in Quebec (organic) und Manitoba (konventionell)

interesting. thank you. I wish i could get involved more.

Top stuff. Very interesting facts

Very interesting ! Thank you to have published this study for free. But the first link to cover and pages 10-20 don't work.

Congratulations on version in Spanish and the Mexico addendum to the atlas!

Thank you - this is one publication I will be reading and using when teaching sustainability courses here locally!

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