The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that the global meat production will double from 2000 to 2050. The reasons behind are two-fold:

It’s obvious that more people means more mouths to feed, but less obvious is the fact that meat demand grows with income: As peoples’ wealth increases so does their taste for meat. In fact, this economic growth is the main driver behind our 100% increase in meat consumption.

The trophic level of an organism is the position it occupies in the food chain: 1 is a plant, 2 is an animal that eats plants, 3 is an animal the eats animals that eats plants. The human trophic level (HTL) is 2.3, meaning 30% of our calories come from animals that eats plants. As income increases, so does HTL. PNAS

Inefficient meat machines
We humans have since the…

Matias Ankjær

Biotechnologist thinking out loud.

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