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UK environment group points to global meat challenge

By Ed Bedington+

28-Jan-2014
Last updated on 28-Jan-2014 at 11:32 GMT

Environmental campaigners have launched a new publication, which they claim illustrates the challenges of growing global meat consumption.

The Atlas of Meat, published by Friends of the Earth (FOE), is described as a “unique, graphic and highly accessible guide” to the “many aspects of the global meat system”.

FOE said the Atlas “illustrates clearly that how we produce and consume meat and dairy needs a radical rethink” and it says industrialised production is untenable.

In a introduction to the publication, Magda Stoczkiewicz, director of FOE Europe, said: “This publication sheds light on the impacts of meat and dairy production, and aims to catalyse the debate over the need for better, safer and more sustainable food and farming. We hope to inspire people to look at their own consumption, and politicians at all levels to take action to support those farmers, processors, retailers and networks who are working to achieve change. We, as a species, need to be smarter.”

The book suggests livestock can help lessen property and enhance equality, but pushes for an alternative form of production, with consumers eating less and better-quality meat.

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