A new report from Worldwatch Institute has found that worldwide rates of meat production have increased 20 percent in the past decade. According to the report, much of the increase can be attributed to the rise of industrial agriculture, which carries high rates of pollution, increased risk of health problems, and raises the risks of food contamination. The report also includes a number of startling facts regarding meat production, finding that 23 percent of all global water use can be attributed to raising livestock, 75 percent of antibiotics used on livestock are at risk of ending up in manure, and people in the industrial world eat two and a half times the amount of meat as those in the developing world.
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