LA CONSOMMATION DE VIANDE A LEGEREMENT DIMINUE AUX USA MAIS LE PAYS RESTE CEPENDANT LE SECOND DANS CETTE CONSOMMATION PAR HABITANT AU NIVEAU MONDIAL.... JUSTE DERRIERE L' AUSTRALIE
CATEGORIES DES VIANDES LES PLUS ABATTUES
LE RESTE DE L' ARTICLE FAIT LE LIEN SUR L' IMPACT DE LA AGRICULTURE POUR LES NOURIR ET LES OGM
The debate over genetically modified (GM) foods has been a hot topic the last few years. From the uproar over the recent approval of GM salmon for human consumption to the ongoing concern over lack of labelling of GM foods for consumer education, the public has voiced its distrust in companies that are changing nature before our eyes.
Contrary to American distrust and skepticism for GM foods is the continued embrace of animal agriculture in America. While American meat consumption has declined slightly over the last few years, the country is still second in meat consumption per capita in the world, just behind Australia. There is a degree of irony, however, in Americans’ strong support of animal protein alongside its lack of support for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) – in reality, you can’t actually support one industry without supporting the other. In fact, without GMOs, the animal agriculture industry might not even be able to meet the demand that American stomachs currently place on it.
The Business of Beef (And Other Meat)The American diet, which averages 270.7 pounds of meat per year per person, demands that the U.S. produces a lot of meat. According to the North American Meat Institute, in 2013, the United States alone processed 8.6 billion chickens, 33.2 million cattle, 112 million hogs, 239.4 million turkeys, and 2.3 million lambs and sheep. Unfortunately, the life and death of these billions of animals did not take place on a sunny farm surrounded by lush green grass and a bubbling brook. Instead, the reality is that the majority of these creatures face cramped and atrocious “living” conditions over the course of the months or years they inhabit planet earth.
It is estimated that 88 percent of corn crops grown on U.S. soil are of the genetically modified variety, and about 36 percent of that goes to animal feed. That means over a third of the land and resources we dedicate to growing corn crops is actually eaten up by animals instead of people. Corn encompasses the majority of crops given to livestock, making up roughly 95 percent of feed mixes. If you consider the fact that the majority of animals raised in the U.S. are raised in CAFOs, and the majority of their feed on these CAFOs is composed of GM corn, you’ll be able to see the stronghold that GM corn has in the animal agricultural industry.......................