Do you consider yourself to be a consumer? Well, if you live in Europe or North America, you almost certainly are. While the developed world constitutes only a small portion of the world’s population, it uses up most of its resources. This is slowly changing, however, as the developing world undergoes a population explosion. These are 25 Disturbing Facts About Human Consumption You Need To Know.
Today there are more than 1.7 billion members of the "consumer class." Half of them are now from the developing world. The consumerist 20th century lifestyle of Europe and North America has gone global in the 21st century.
In 2000, the amount spent by private households around the world topped $20 trillion. This is four times higher than 1960.
As incomes rise, people are gaining more access to consumer items. In 2002, three quarters of humanity lived in houses with at least one TV set.
Part of the increase in consumption can be explained by population growth. The UN estimates a 41% increase by 2050 to almost 9 billion people. Most of this will happen in developing countries.
The US is one of the few developed countries that is expected to grow quite rapidly. By 2050, it will account for most of the population growth in the developed world, adding up to 100 million more people. This means that even if the average American ate 20% less meat in 2050, total meat consumption would still be 5 million tons greater.
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