Friday, February 15, 2019

Meet your Meat

The phrase, "Meet your meat," used to refer to people understanding where their shrink-wrapped steaks and chicken nuggets come from. When you've looked Bessie in her limpid brown eyes, you tend to have more empathy for how she is treated, concern for how the meat is processed, and respect for the sacrifice behind the product.

But with the cultural change toward less meat-eating in most of the developed world, and the need for greenhouse gas reductions, will meat disappear from our diets? This article says no. It's just your meat may be 'meat,' grown in a lab. Bessie can retire to pasture.

Are people really eating less meat?Actually, no. Overall meat consumption continues to increase on a global scale, buoyed by rising affluence in developing economies such as China and Brazil. But while per capita consumption in the U.S., the world’s biggest beef consumer, is also growing, countries such as France, Germany, Spain and Sweden are cutting back on meat. What’s more, there’s a discernible shift in attitudes in wealthy nations, including the U.S. In a 2015 study, two-thirds of Americans said they had reduced their meat intake and a recent Gallup poll showed the number of U.S. vegans had risen by more than 3 million between 2012 and 2018 to about 3 percent of the population. While a third of U.K. consumers have lowered or stopped meat purchases, Germans have been winding down meat consumption since 2011.

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