Huseng wrote:kirtu wrote:And here is one set of statistics demonstrating that a measurable rise in vegetarianism, at least in 10% of 25-34 US year olds (in 2003), has had no verifiable effect in reducing meat production (except that the reduction in meat production from 2007-2008 does approximate a reduction of meat eating in 10% of 1/4 of the overall population - the fluctuations may be partly caused by fluctuations in meat eating patterns but the meat industry will general link these fluctuations to variations in income).
That's probably because they're exporting more meat to meat loving cultures like Japan and Korea which have money to blow and no qualms about eating animals.
No not at all. That link also has export data. It's true that meat export to Japan and Korea are up over 2004-2006 when the US, Japan and Korea got into a fight over meat inspection and exports but in fact current exports are way down from 2002 and in fact out of between 27-28 billion pounds of meat produced yearly in the US only about 1.8 billion pounds are exported currently. So meat exports are actually around 1/14th or so of production.
The poor cows (and pigs and turkeys and geese and other animals) have been born on Cannibal Island.