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July 31, 2020 - Bloomberg Business

The World Is Finally Losing Its Taste for Meat

The World Is Finally Losing Its Taste for Meat
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Global consumption of animal proteins has been rising, apparently inexorably, for the past six decades.

The coronavirus pandemic has finally changed that trajectory.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates that meat production—a decent proxy for consumption—dropped in 2019, and it forecasts a decline again this year. Last year was only the second since 1961 in which production fell; two consecutive years of decline is unprecedented and could be the start of something durable. We’re already at peak pasture as far as demand is concerned, and it looks like we’re also approaching peak beef, even in places like steak-crazed Brazil.

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