Of all the countries in the world, would you have any idea which consumes the most meat per person? I’d certainly have guessed Brazil. Ever been to one of those Brazilian restaurants where they give you a “Go-No Go” meat paddle? Just acres of meat constantly running by. It’s not Brazil, by the way.
And no t’s not the meat loving U.S. (we’re ranked second place) — it’s tiny European nation Luxembourg. A country with more banks and corporations than people, one that’s only 2/3 the size of Rhode Island, eats 136.5 kg of meat per person a year, close to 300 pounds. Of the 177 countries included in the study, India consumed the least amount, at only seven pounds per person.
The information was gathered by the U.N. Food And Agriculture Organization (FAO) and analyzed by The Economist. The analysis also indicates that consumption of meat has been on the rise worldwide over the last 50 years. I suppose that’s no surprise given the rise in the standard of living.
Tastes have changed, too:
Cow (beef and veal) was top of the menu in the early 1960s, accounting for 40% of meat consumption, but by 2007 its share had fallen to 23%. Pig is now the animal of choice, with around 99m tonnes consumed.
Western countries still eat the most meat per person, however The Economist notes that it’s rising middle class countries like China that ultimately drive worldwide demand for it. That and almost one and half BILLION people.
Rwanda (12 Pounds Per Year,) Burundi (11 Pounds Per Year,) The Democratic Republic of Congo (10 Pounds Per Year,) Bangladesh (9 Pounds Per Year,) and India (7 Pounds Per Year) round out the countries who eat the least meat.