A pair of European food non-profits have come up with a new Meat Atlas which gives people facts and figures about the animals we eat.

The Meat Atlas aims to guide consumers towards responsible, informed eating habits. This seems necessary, seeing that the average American consumes 105 pounds of meat in a year and meat contributes to global warming.

Oh yeah, did we mention the awesome meat maps (pictured above) that are a part of The Meat Atlas?

Modern Farmer explains what we can gather from the “Worldwide Meat Production” map:

“As a global trend, chicken and pork are taking up a larger share of the world’s meat supply while lamb and beef herds decline. The reason? Meat production is up worldwide, but not in the expected ways or places. As the world moves toward practices of industrial agriculture, it needs animals with a high feed efficiency that can be fit into small spaces. Birds and pigs fit the bill.”

Surprisingly, the atlas reports a global decline in beef production. While the U.S. remains the world’s largest beef producer, the industry expects a 4 to 6 percent decline in production over 2013. Other big-time countries for beef production like Brazil and Canada are also seeing a decline in production.

And who knew that India is a particularly bright spot for the beef industry? We sure didn’t. Modern Farmer explains, “Buffalo meat production has doubled between 2010 and 2013, making the subcontinent the world’s largest beef exporter.”

Take a look at the other meat maps in the gallery above, and read Modern Farmer’s analysis to learn more about meat production, consumption, and problems.

[via Modern Farmer, Meat Atlas]

Photo: Meat Atlas

Photo: Meat Atlas