Monday, 07 May 2012
Ever wonder which country consumes the most meat? The Economist has the answer for your, courtesy of data compiled by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
And if, like me, you thought it was The United States, think again! The most meat in the world is consumed by Luxembourg--the average person consumes 136.5 kg of meat per person a year. And Americans aren't far behind: The average American consumes 125 kg of meat per person a year.
As it would turn out, India has the least amount of meat consumes at seven pounds per person per year. This could be in part due to the extreme poverty in certain regions and due to the high population of Hindus, Jains and Buddhist, most of whom do not consume meats.
The data analyzed also reveals that meat consumption has been on the rice for the last half century and that meat preferences have been changing as well. In the 1960's cow meat was the most consumed but as of 2007 pig meat has taken its place.
It's important to acknowledge that this data shows which country has the highest rate per person. While the average citizen of Luxembourg eats more meat than the average citizen of any other country, the nation of Luxembourg itself may not create the most demand. In fact, it's countries like China that demand the most meat due to the large population.
What do you think of this data? How much meat do you think you eat a year?