UN report: Less meat consumption in industrialized countries by 2030

07-Jul-2021 - Italy

The United Nations expects meat consumption in industrialised countries to fall over the next ten years. This is due to growing environmental and health concerns, said
a report published on Monday by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome. According to the report, people will eat less red meat in particular and replace it with poultry or dairy products. In the report by the FAO and the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the experts gave their outlook for global agriculture through 2030.

In the face of the Corona pandemic, the FAO and OECD noted that while the agriculture and food sector had proved resilient. However, income losses and increased consumer food prices had denied many people access to healthy food.

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Over the next decade, experts expect overall food availability to increase by four per cent. On average, everyone is expected to have access to 3025 kilocalories (kcal) a day in 2030. According to the report, this development will mainly affect emerging economies. The experts see little change for the poorer developing countries.

Fats will still account for a large share of the diet in the future. The FAO and OECD expect fruit and vegetables to account for about seven percent of available kilocalories. They
are therefore calling for more to be done to ensure that people eat the 400 grams of fruit and vegetables a day recommended by the World Health Organization.

In the agricultural sector, experts expect slower growth in the biofuel sector. They assume that less agricultural raw materials will be used as a result of electromobility, on which the EU and the USA are focusing with their policies. However, the development does not apply globally. Countries such as Brazil, India or Indonesia
, as the main producers of sugar cane and edible oils, are likely to further expand their production of biofuels and use them for their transport./jon/DP/stw (dpa)

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