Many leading food and economic analysts have predicted that relentless American and European marketing of meat, dairy and eggs are largely driving the rest of the globe’s huge appetite for animals. This is particularly true in the rapidly developing nations where a heavy animal-based Western diet is increasingly associated with affluency. And the US animal industries are increasingly eyeing export markets as a way to recoup their losses at home. Tragically and ironically, the barbaric practices of breeding and killing billions of animals on an industrial scale is synonymous with the transition to an “evolved” middle class American lifestyle in many parts of the world today.
This is the subject of managing editor Jennifer Valentine’s new story on One Green Planet who calls the trend “alarming.” As Valentine points out: “According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), per capita milk consumption in developing countries almost doubled between 1980 and 2005, while meat consumption more than tripled, and egg consumption increased fivefold.”
So what can you do to help build awareness about the globe’s rising tide of inhumane, unhealthy and unsustainable eating habits? For one thing, put pressure on the UN by sending them a polite comment expressing your concerns at http://firstname.lastname@example.org.