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In Love With Western Diet? Think Twice Before Consuming Meat

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If you think factories or pollution from the vehicles is the major reason for the climate change then the latest report by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) will surely change your mind. The report suggests that excessive animal product consumption plays a major role in biodiversity change. 

Breeding a number of animals requires a large amount of land to produce animal feed. With the growing demand for the meat globally, over 1.5 times size of the European Union could be saved if the consumption of animal products is reduced to just meeting the nutritional need.

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The report, 'Appetite for Destruction' which was launched at the Extinction and Livestock Conference claimed that the animal product consumption leads to the use of a vast amount of land for crops.

Due to the significant pressure on water and land resources, the areas like Amazon, the Congo Basin and the Himalayas could be in a threatening situation. As per the WWF report, the world is consuming more animal protein than it actually needs and this having its devastating effect on wildlife. 

UK food industry's meat consumption has resulted in the extinction of an estimated 33 species. Duncan Williamson, WWF food policy manager stated, "The world is consuming more animal protein than it needs and this is having a devastating effect on wildlife."

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He added, "A staggering 60% of global biodiversity loss is down to the food we eat. We know a lot of people are aware that a meat-based diet has an impact on water and land, as well as causing greenhouse gas emissions, but few know the biggest issue of all comes from the crop-based feed the animals eat."

To meet the rising meat consumption, west is focusing on soy production and it is expected to rise 80% by 2050. WWF reported that meat has become less nutritious with passing time. One would be required to eat six intensively reared chickens to gain the same amount of omega-3 fatty acid which was found in just one chicken in the 1970s.