GLOBAL MEAT PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION CONTINUE TO RISE
Worldwatch Institute has just been published “Nourishing the Planet" and shows, dramatically, the production has tripled in four years and that developed countries consume 2 times as much meat as all countries development, thus affecting the environment and, more generally, economies in the world. In addition, the massive injection of antibiotics administered to animals to reduce the risk of disease increases bacterial resistance to antibiotics in animals (but also in humans). Indeed, 80% of all antibiotics sold worldwide in 2009 were consumed by livestock and poultry, against only 20% to treat diseases in humans. Antibiotics present in manure are also a public health issue because they seep into the environment, contaminating crops and groundwater.