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  •  The US remains the world's highest consumer (2+ / 0-)
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    of meat on a per capita basis. BTW, the reason for the increasing consumption of meat in developing countries has been from exports of American fast food companies like McDonald's and KFC.

    It is obvious it is Americans (and Australians) who "don't give a damn about climate change".

    Current Worldwide Annual Meat Consumption per capita

    BTW, one could make the very same argument about personal US consumption of energy and commodities. The real pig-outs in world conspicuous consumption remains Americans.

    The US remains the world leader in wasting food, mostly by the consumer. It wastes almost 1/3 of it's food production despite having the best production, storage and transportation system in the world - factors which account for food waste in developing countries.

    How much do you pay for gasoline compared to world standards? The US is now the #1 country that is fracking itself to death. Unfortunately, it is also exporting this technology.

    You should concentrate on changing American mores first rather than passing blame on to developing nations for the problems which have originated and remain problematic in the US.

    •  Fast food (0+ / 0-)

      People in developing countries are eating more meat because they're becoming better well off, not because there's a new KFC in their capital city.  Improving your diet and eating more meat is what all societies do when they become more prosperous.  They also get pets, which again increases total meat consumption.

      Cynicism is what passes for insight among the mediocre.

      by Sky Net on Tue Nov 19, 2013 at 12:01:54 PM PST

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      •  Advertising and marketing play a larger role in (0+ / 0-)

        the changing eating habits and preferences than increased disposable income. What McDonald's has done to America's children is now being done to children in developing countries but on a much more massive scale.

        Junk Food Marketing Makes Big Moves in Developing Countries
        2 October 2013

        KFC TV commercials that have aired in China over the last few years reveal a remarkably wide range of marketing techniques. In the ads, humor, irony, playfulness, and sentimentality present the restaurant’s quick-serve food as something that can help families bond, nourish athletes, entertain children, and even make teenagers cooler. Overall, the ads associate KFC with a modern lifestyle, suggesting (implicitly of course) that the Chinese can get their piece of middle class affluence–along with a full belly--for a reasonably low price.

        The ads might feel strikingly familiar to American consumers. Though they are in Mandarin and resemble some of the disingenuous marketing from the mid-20th century, at their core they are just examples of modern marketing, with the primary goal of boosting sales. And sales are booming for fast food and convenience food corporations in China and the rest of the world, as billions of dollars are pumped into marketing their products each year.

        While people in all countries are vulnerable to junk food marketing, developing countries might be facing the worst of it. Many transnational food corporations are moving into emerging markets because their markets in developed countries are at a “saturation point.” According to Carlos Monteiro, Head of the University of Sao Paolo’s Centre for Epidemiological Studies in Health and Nutrition, that point is reached when processed foods provide 60 percent of a country’s total calories. The U.S, Canada, and the U.K. reached this level several decades ago.

        Improving your diet and eating more meat is what all societies do when they become more prosperous.
        Fast food, high in fat and sugar, is not an improvement in diet. The US is the prime exporter of this crap diet. Fast food corporations like McDonald's and Coca Cola are becoming the greatest killer of humans in the world due to related diseases in consuming their products.
        •  No, they don't (0+ / 0-)

          People eat more meat when they get more prosperous.  This is Development 101.

          Cynicism is what passes for insight among the mediocre.

          by Sky Net on Tue Nov 19, 2013 at 02:49:04 PM PST

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          •  You are quoting from a publication put out (1+ / 0-)
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            by Animal Products Development Center which has a mandate to promote meat consumption in Asia.

            Right from its inauguration in 1992, APDC actively pursued its working mandate to support the growth of the meat and slaughter by-products industry through training, development and extension of appropriate technology, leading to improved methods of handling, processing and utilization of animal products and by-products.

            Due to its existing facilities and expertise, APDC hosted a Regional Project on, “Meat Commodity Diversification and Upgrading of Meat Processing Technologies in Asia-Pacific” from 2003 to 2006. The project was a joint undertaking of the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the German Centrum for International Migration and Development (CIM) and the Government of the Philippines (GOP).promoting meat consumption.

            Like I stated in my post. The excessive consumption of meat and sugar products is MAINLY due to highly seductive and effective advertising and marketing programs.

            You just got caught in one.....

            •  FAO (0+ / 0-)

              My link was to the Food and Agriculture Organization, which is part of the United Nations.  I have no idea what you're linking to.

              Want some more?  How about the Journal of Nutrition?

              The Livestock Revolution is primarily driven by demand. Poor people everywhere are eating more animal products as their incomes rise above poverty level and as they become urbanized.

              Cynicism is what passes for insight among the mediocre.

              by Sky Net on Tue Nov 19, 2013 at 10:46:12 PM PST

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