Reverse the ‘Livestock Revolution’

The United Nations says…

The UN FAO report, Livestock’s Long Shadow, concludes: “Livestock are one of the most significant contributors to today’s most serious environmental problems. Urgent action is required to remedy the situation.”

Livestock sector is a larger contributor of greenhouse gases (GHG) than all transport combined.

Critics Say…

After combing through the UN’s Livestock’s Long Shadow report (above), World Watch Magazine published an the article, Livestock and Climate Change, detailing uncounted, undercounted, and misallocated factors. They concluded that livestock may be responsible for more than half of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.

What is the “Livestock Revolution?”

Despite the growing popularity of meat-alternatives and acceptance of vegetarian and vegan lifestyles in the United States and other high-income countries, meat consumption is increasing at an unprecedented rate globally.

The United Nations predicts that meat consumption will double over 50 years, moving from 229 million tons in 1999/2001 to 465 million tons in 2050.  This increases 50 billion (5 million/hour) to 100 billion animals being slaughtered every year. The rates are based in the year 2000. As of 2014, the rate exceeds 70 billion animals/year.

The United States is the largest per capita meat consumer in the world.  However, the low- and mid-income countries gain financially, they consume more animal products.  With a much larger starting population, relatively high birth rates, and increasing per capita meat consumption, the result is a dangerous trend that requires immediate action to reverse.

Unfortunately, most solutions focus exclusively on increasing yield and reducing environmental problems through technological fixes or reducing population.  

The most obvious common sense solution–which is to reduce global and per capita meat consumption–is ignored or dismissed. 

Reversing the Livestock Revolution

Eating less meat is the fastest way to…

  • reduce anthropogenic (human-caused) greenhouse gases
  • conserve scarce environmental and water resources
  • increase efficiency and agricultural yield
  • improve public health and global food security
  • save animals from a brutal living and dying conditions


AWFW is working to make reduced meat consumption part of the solution-set for policymakers and leaders in hunger, environmental, and animal advocacy.