National Geographic : 2014 May
#futureoffood 47 ASIA SOUTH AMERICA AFRICA AUSTRALIA NORTH AMERICA EUROPE BRAZIL CHINA TAIWAN UNITED STATES INDIA INDONESIA MALAYSIA 89% india Meat consumption, though rising, is lower than in much of the world. Most crops still directly feed humans. 61% europe the eu mandates that 10 percent of fuel for transportation be from renewables by 2020. 58% FOOD China the second largest corn producer, China feeds 77 percent of its corn to animals. Humans consume 82 percent of the rice-crop calories. 72% Africa Small farmers grow crops mostly for human con- sumption, though some cassava, yams, and sor- ghum are diverted to feed livestock. 75% Asia (without China) Most crops, mainly rice, are grown to feed people. Palm oil is used for cooking oil and other food products but also for cosmetics and feed. Food versus Feed and Fuel Percentages on the map show whether most of the calories in a region’s crops go directly to human consumption (green) or go to animal feed and biofuels (purple). Only 55 percent of the world’s food-crop calories directly nourish people. We get another 4 percent indirectly by eating meat, dairy, or eggs from animals raised on feed.