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Meat Feeds the World: The Key Role of Economic Growth in What We Put on Our Plates
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this thesis is to explain and contribute to the understanding of the correla-tive relationship between economic growth and meat consumption in thirteen countries during the years of 1989, 1999 and 2009. A quantitative statistical method has been applied to opera-tionalize this aim of examining general trends in statistics provided by the World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. With the purpose of establish-ing an understanding for what might explain this potential correlation, the empirical data of each country is in turn analysed through the application of previous research and two different theories of economics: environmental economics and ecological economics. The result of this investigation indicates that for a majority of the thirteen countries, increased levels in GDP/c influence the trends in meat consumption, although the extent of this influence varies from country to country. However, there are exceptions as in the case of Argentina, Kenya and In-dia which suggests that further research is necessary for greater understanding in explaining other causes to increased meat consumption. Furthermore, this thesis concludes that we are pursuing unsustainable consumption patterns in a world of finite resources, and increased food consumption of meat is contributing to environmental degradation.

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2012. , 35 p.
Keyword [en]
meat consumption, economic growth, sustainability, statistical trends
National Category
Economic History
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-89412OAI: diva2:617837
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2013-04-24 Created: 2013-04-24 Last updated: 2013-04-24Bibliographically approved

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