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Report: Animals Consume More Than Half Of World Crops

A new report reassessed how agricultural resources are used around the world and found that animals - not humans - consume more than half of the world's crops.

Goats feeding from a trough

Photo: acroamatic (via flickr)

The good news: Free-range, grass-fed meat animals drain fewer resources than feedlot, grain-fed livestock.

A new report (PDF) from the United Nations reassessed how agricultural resources are used around the world and found that animals — not humans — consume more than half of the world’s crops.

And that figure shows no sign of decreasing — in the next 40 years, animal consumption of crops is expected to increase up to 50%.

The report argues that humans need to reduce our meat consumption in order to save the planet from the worst effects of climate change.

Read more:

  • Half Of World Crop Is Feeding Animals, Not People (Treehugger)
  • UN urges global move to meat and dairy-free diet (The Guardian)

Megan Meyer

Megan Meyer was in the company of foodies for most of her formative years. She spent all of her teens working at her town's natural food co-op in South Dakota, and later when she moved to Minneapolis, worked as a produce maven for the nation's longest running collectively-managed food co-op. In 2006, she had the distinct pleasure (and pain) of participating the vendanges, or grape harvest, in the Beaujolais terroire of France, where she developed her compulsion to snip off grape clusters wherever they may hang. In the spring of 2008, Megan interned on NPR's Science Desk in Washington, D.C., where she aided in the coverage of science, health and food policy stories. She joined Indiana Public Media in June, 2009.

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