Sustainability Beef consumption slightly decreasing in many European countries

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About 9% of global greenhouse gas emissions are caused by the methane emitted from cattle flatulence. Additionally, large swathes of the Amazon rainforest are being destroyed (usually burned) to expand cattle ranching. Tropical deforestation itself is responsible for 10% of global warming, and about half of it comes from the Amazon region. In other words, nearly 15% of total greenhouse has emissions are caused directly or indirectly by cattle farming. To put this in perspective, the aviation industry is responsible for "only" 3.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions. This is why reducing beef consumption is an essential step in fighting climate change. The world's biggest beef eaters by far are the Argentinians, Brazilians, Americans and Australians.

In the seven years between 2013 and 2020, beef consumption has declined in several European countries such as Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, Czechia, Albania, North Macedonia, Greece, Ukraine and Russia. On the other hand it increased in Lithuania and Romania, but still at very reasonable levels.

In the Middle East and North Africa, beef consumption dropped in Algeria, Tunisia, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, but increased in Armenia and Iran.

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