The world’s consuming more meat than ever

December 5, 2013

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Jay Z and Al Gore’s newfound veganism aside, global meat consumption is on the rise.A new study, published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, looked at humanity’s trophic level — also known as our place on the food chain. On a scale from 1 (plants, who make their own foods) to 5.5 (super carnivorous polar bears), the study put mankind at a moderate 2.21.That means we’re "closer to herbivore than carnivore," Sylvain Bonhommeau, the study’s author, explained to Nature magazine. But he also found that, over time, that number’s been rising. Over a 50 year period ending in 2009, our trophic level has increased by 3 percent, or .06 points. Experts say that’s a significant amount:Continue Reading…

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