Free markets? Meat subsidies are insane, as is consumption in the U.S. and a few other places

October 3, 2023 by Joshua
in Doof, Nature, Visualization

I like free markets. I wish we had them, but as far as meat is concerned, we don’t seem to.

Here is a chart of Subsidies for Meat Production From Industrialized Countries (OECD Members), Estimates for 2012, in Billions of Dollars. Can we end this corporate welfare?

And here are Current Worldwide Annual Meat Consumption per capita. I didn’t realize the U.S. would stand out so much. I thought Brazil and Argentina ranked higher.

I may not eat meat, but I don’t see a problem with hunter gatherer cultures eating meat. We seem to be on a whole other scale, especially considering how much we factory farm.

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