25 Disturbing Facts About Human Consumption You Need To Know

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.

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A growing portion of the consumer class lives in the developing world. China and India are now home to 20% of the people in this category. Their combined total is 352 million people, which is more than all of Western Europe. (It's worth noting, however, that the average European still consumes a lot more...even though the gap is closing.)

rupeesSource: nationalgeographic.com
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Developing countries have the most potential to expand the global consumer class. Right now, the consumer class only makes up 16% of their combined population. In Europe, about 89% of the population belongs to the consumer class.

IndiaSource: bbc.com
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The 12% of people living in Europe and North America account for 60% of consumer spending while the 60% that live in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa only count for a little over 3%.

eurosSource: un.org
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This disparity in consumption is slowly disappearing, but in order for the vast majority of the world's population to live dignified lives, they will have to increase their level of consumption quite a bit more. Experts have noted that disparities in wealth are a leading cause of wars, defense spending, peace keeping missions, and border security.

bulletsSource: un.org
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If the world's social and environmental problems were solved and economic disparities were evened out, countries wouldn't have to spend so much on self-preservation. They could instead invest in creating a greater quality of life for their citizens.

urbanSource: nytimes.com

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