Meat Atlas: facts and figures about the animals we eat

9th January 2014

Worldwide meat productionThe Meat Atlas report presents a global perspective on the impacts of industrial meat and dairy production, and illustrates its increasingly devastating impact on society and the environment. The way we produce and consume meat and dairy needs a radical rethink.

The Meat Atlas aims to catalyse the debate over the need for better, safer and more sustainable food and farming and advocates clear individual and political solutions.

Also see, We need to talk about meat blog by Friends of the Earth food campaigner, Vicki Hird.

Numbers of animalsA new publication to catalyse debate on a healthier, fairer, more sustainable food system. They say every cloud has a silver lining, and since the horsemeat scandal in 2013 it has become much easier to talk about meat – more people seem to know and care about the impact of meat production and consumption and the benefits of cutting down. They’re increasingly keen to do their bit and politically speaking meat is a hot potato.

With more stories in the news about the negative impacts of industrial meat – pollution, dietary diseases and farmers losing livelihoods and lands – the topic is also becoming somewhat of a media darling. Over Christmas there were several articles about eating less meat in 2014 (or going flexitarian) for health or environmental reasons or to save money.

A new Atlas of Meat – Everything you need to know about meat in one great publication

Now we have another tool to help in the debate – The Meat Atlas. This unique, graphic and highly accessible new guide examines the many aspects of the global meat system – from water pollution to gender equality; from obesity to antibiotics. It includes data on, for instance how much public money is spent on livestock (in Billion dollars):