Each European consumes an average of 83 kilograms of meat per year, or, seven times as much as in sub-Saharan Africa. Pork makes up 40% of Belgian's meat consumption, followed by poultry (30%), beef (25%) and other meats like mutton, goat and game (5%).
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), global meat consumption will increase by 74% by 2050 (compared to 2000). This increase, which will mostly take place in Asian and Latin American countries, will come as a result of improved levels of welfare, demographic growth and massive urbanization in these areas.
However, if the whole world follows the Western consumption pattern, one planet alone will not be enough to satisfy the demand for animal products. Increasing industrial meat production is not a solution since this has an immense negative impact on the environment and climate change. The best solution is to consume less meat. We should also eat better quality meat, produced in a way that respects animals, people and environment. We have to rediscover the value of animals and animal products and be ready to pay a fair price for products that are produced locally and on a small scale: products which take the animal's well-being into account and allow farmers at home and abroad to survive.