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Which Countries Eat the Most Meat in 2024?

United States

Many western nations have an extremely elevated level of meat consumption. US meat consumption in 2018 was the highest it has been in decades. Americans eat a staggering amount of poultry, pork, and beef. 20KG of beef is consumed per person, per year. Pork comes in second at around 55KG a year, and poultry tops the highest consumption per year at 100kg. There is a common misconception that western values are shifting towards veganism and new-age diets, as western nations are the main contributors to ranching and meat eating throughout the world.

Meat isn't all that terrible. Although it is a more inefficient method of farming, meat consumption can increase health benefits within the body. This may be a reason why more underdeveloped areas have poor nutrition, other than the fact that poverty is rampant. Farming animals is a much more intensive and costly endeavor. Red meat consumption contains creatine and amino acids that help in the creation of muscles and tissues.

However, over-consumption can lead to an increased risk of heart and stroke disease.

Brazil

It is interesting to note that a country's economic power is positively correlated with its meat consumption. Brazil has enjoyed a drastic increase in its economic power in the last two decades and has increased from nearly 25kg of meat per person in 1961 to about 98kg in 2013. This does not seem to be related to increased agricultural farming, but can be interpreted otherwise. The well-being of a country may be closely related to its purchase of luxury goods, in which meat can also be considered. As mentioned in the previous paragraph, ranching and meat importation can be very costly, as it is extremely difficult to preserve for long trips, and is extremely inefficient to grow.

Furthermore, emissions from meat-producing areas negatively impact the environment - especially with cows. Cows are notoriously difficult to raise and require much more grazing space, water, power, and attention than their counterparts. Poultry seems to be the easiest and most beneficial animal to raise in terms of emissions and care.

Canada

Unsurprisingly, Canada is also high on the list, but surprisingly lower than Brazil. In 2003, Canadians consumed around 80kg of meat per person, which is lower than households consumed in the late 70s and the early 2000s. Canada has stayed relatively consistent, but they are still one of the largest meat-eaters in the world. This can be attributed to its short history, where Canada is only just over 150 years old. They are considered a former commonwealth nation and still recognize the UK royal family as the head of parliament.

The UK has slightly lower annual consumption than Canada but remains just as consistent as its former colonial power. Canada's chief trading partner is also the United States, and almost 80% of the population is situated within a 2-hour drive of the US border. This has greatly influenced the diet in Canada, which also has a robust economy.

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Country
Total Meat Consumption (1000 tons)
Beef Consumption 2020 (kg)
Mutton + Goat Consumption (kg/yr)
Other Meat Consumption (kg/yr)
Pork Consumption (kg/yr)
Poultry Consumption (kg/yr)
Seafood Consumption (1000 tons)
China88,1906.673.760.5235.3414.9857,475
United States42,57637.870.610.8130.6458.697,544
Brazil21,07635.410.650.5114.1948.391,717
Russia11,22312.871.473.5928.230.783,169
Mexico9,16014.590.820.6319.0835.931,757
Japan6,7569.560.150.121.3322.285,843
Germany6,59814.620.960.8344.0118.341,055
India6,3301.140.600.242.611,017
Vietnam5,8996.110.220.2838.1815.813,850
United Kingdom5,37017.353.941.0424.0432.731,216
France5,10720.762.411.1330.9722.972,169
Argentina4,97946.931.421.1514.4246.23307
Indonesia4,8932.800.50.010.8913.6912,155
Spain4,76312.291.91.5252.5633.61,909
Italy4,24415.860.761.0732.8819.621,764
Pakistan4,1099.832.590.0206.15359
South Korea4,02716.900.370.138.422.762,834
Philippines3,6973.080.290.0114.5115.853,185
South Africa3,54417.232.790.744.1534.86383
Canada3,41727.501.060.521.3940.1783
Poland3,3881.540.030.1154.9532.89471
Myanmar3,3189.311.74020.129.852,450
Iran3,1937.554.360.11025.991,060
Australia3,09937.0210.620.9224.2448.73615
Colombia2,95713.680.020.1110.5233.78453
Egypt2,3807.400.60.930.0114.332,772
Ukraine2,1647.210.260.4416.7324.85602
Malaysia2,0956.0210.027.4450.241,771
Taiwan2,0716.080.830.0538.3541.64709
Saudi Arabia1,9164.414.772.8942.96409
Thailand1,7991.180.04013.1411.42,035
Peru1,7594.200.771.164.5342.69893
Chile1,58723.650.430.8622.0536.05282
Nigeria1,4511.5820.831.471.161,391
Morocco1,4257.735.161.710.0223.99678
Uzbekistan1,37131.645.870.20.163.09135
Kazakhstan1,35026.589.176.78.2121.2452
Romania1,2775.242.580.1534.523.93160
Hong Kong1,02222.530.932.0955.2455.52493
Netherlands1,01316.211.114.1227.719.99375
Venezuela93512.020.3404.4316.11290
Portugal92018.752.130.6738.0930.57611
Ethiopia9083.762.391.130.020.5962
Bolivia90021.603.141.89.7340.8633
Sudan8917.957.183.3501.8550
Israel86027.181.70.011.5568.93214
Belarus85418.620.120.2539.1832.22112
Czech Republic84810.190.30.6244.5423.53112
Algeria8163.838.060.320.026.38166
Cuba8117.401.023.8421.6137.769
Ecuador80113.260.310.0612.8918.88145
Hungary8014.550.080.2448.329.7661
Guatemala79311.650.130.143.6428.6853
Greece77614.517.561.8125.0325.59266
Zimbabwe77242.301.862.460.684.6244
Chad77027.5117.910.820.150.48108
Belgium71713.981.281.3532.812.44263
Burkina Faso7165.313.850.415.219.48186
Bangladesh7121.251.44001.644,399
Austria69314.861.040.3345.0315.66129
Sweden68722.521.290.228.6115.4325
Tanzania6677.821.210.40.251.49385
Angola6553.430.750.37.048.41465
Kenya5784.532.751.730.411.31155
Ghana5761.551.82.441.1711.57775
Switzerland57319.121.371.0727.7816.89138
Yemen5583.034.360.1011.2288
Papua New Guinea5580.801.4846.319.913.87131
Serbia5386.073.720.437.3314.0959
Dominican Republic5276.290.180.049.8532.292
United Arab Emirates4776.717.462.931.14251
Malawi4512.913.11011.845.72194
Nepal4128.232.6701.012.25102
Uganda4103.580.9902.871.52656
New Zealand41018.6212.932.3425.1525.99127
Bulgaria3963.451.290.6830.0421.4851
Finland39618.380.460.6630.821.08185
Ireland39119.822.990.5631.1124.72111
Jordan3856.824.690.070.0126.0952
Azerbaijan37413.478.4100.5814.4221
Panama37414.500.01115.9155.3759
Denmark36924.330.670.6413.4724.56153
Mongolia36626.5666.3315.10.612.972
Norway36517.814.61.1823.6519.99272
Afghanistan3613.234.040.301.7114
Tajikistan35525.787.8300.093.526
Iraq3513.081.670.0505.38124
North Korea3510.810.586.164.281.78284
Slovakia3415.840.070.8538.8216.956
Croatia32711.241.450.6749.6316.5578
Honduras3256.030.030.15.0421.6226
Tunisia3233.655.490.280.0117.88166
Ivory Coast3121.410.695.81.012.93611
Kuwait3109.3914.062.67046.5560
Cameroon3093.051.292.751.243.3508
Zambia2989.300.522.21.542.64240
Turkmenistan29822.4920.7600.096.0817
Costa Rica29811.410.01012.7434.2991
Paraguay29221.870.360.198.839.6229
DR Congo2910.260.2210.511.26374
Libya2902.905.780.670.0232.8498
Senegal2884.973.040.641.177.35199
Syria2762.157.150.1106.3738
Sri Lanka2521.230.0900.0610.41620
El Salvador2528.180.0204.7225.942
Lithuania2475.860.480.5850.6933.2790
Mozambique2360.560.070.013.093.83420
South Sudan23512.403.380.90.014.3233
Haiti2284.240.540.374.0310.8557
Oman2229.0411.243.080.3619.66133
Republic of the Congo2211.930.297.86.7823.21135
Qatar2198.3511.610.451.1754.2861
Cambodia2154.190.0105.922.76765
Laos2118.370.380.1413.526.58176
Kyrgyzstan20914.858.451.522.125.157
Uruguay20219.432.521.0214.1221.0332
Niger2012.842.182.20.061.0145
Lebanon2019.221.1400.5518.5860
Nicaragua1962.160.010.355.321.844
Guinea1838.222.310.480.222.67127
Central African Republic18220.755.714.654.122.5536
Jamaica1823.830.710.023.0553.9175
Benin1763.640.80.680.748.69197
Mali1733.551.041.550.052.37173
Madagascar1611.260.160.30.983.13110
Moldova1561.920.160.1619.1717.247
Armenia15123.903.590.028.1315.2916
Slovenia15115.250.820.3125.7930.3627
Gabon1494.690.5913.78.2939.7364
Mauritania1456.3512.166.280.016.2939
Georgia1405.791.230.569.2818.2340
Bosnia and Herzegovina14012.840.30.349.2920.0124
Bahrain13713.6921.430.810.7543.9528
Latvia1335.300.40.3838.4426.2347
Albania11311.658.2605.2513.9425
Rwanda1082.691.681.530.971.559
Trinidad and Tobago1065.691.450.065.6163.1333
Togo1030.791.420.82.327.1697
Liberia970.420.451.615.2911.3222
Cyprus915.894.120.4336.7828.3531
Estonia908.490.410.1137.7321.0519
North Macedonia846.840.620.2612.622013
Namibia828.804.164.784.4510.2130
Sierra Leone761.250.461.415.37203
Botswana6710.212.4811.850.483.536
Macau679.380.731.1146.8945.5648
Mauritius644.473.390.813.1838.6931
Luxembourg4925.701.140.8733.1418.0920
Montenegro4914.991.970.1543.2417.0810
Guyana414.181.080.135.0241.3920
Burundi370.920.720.070.850.5631
Gambia373.420.560.580.2810.6161
Fiji373.115.20.133.6928.7627
Suriname374.390.030.257.9749.6310
Malta3526.391.140.6125.8425.1610
Bahamas335.201.650.0523.7754.410
Eswatini3216.071.830.212.027.265
Iceland3114.0021.752.6621.830.0331
Timor Leste301.610.38011.499.398
Comoros273.030.60.640.1226.7612
Lesotho251.960.443.413.792.16
French Polynesia2521.352.381.3114.3248.813
New Caledonia2217.661.271.0617.3540.947
Barbados218.013.310.0612.3249.2812
Belize193.600.060.2220.8123.815
Samoa186.913.480.0112.2565.659
Cape Verde171.721.90.047.319.46
Djibouti156.244.590.760.133.633
Saint Lucia143.751.99014.9457.586
Bhutan129.290.291.894.596
Vanuatu117.190.180.1112.3814.629
Maldives105.910.650.150.3611.0345
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines107.820.660.0211.2674.652
Solomon Islands91.760.050.044.46.1419
Antigua and Barbuda85.040.980.0514.3161.765
Micronesia74.850.190.0116.1538.155
Grenada64.091.4014.6137.424
Seychelles69.182.50.1813.7236.876
Sao Tome and Principe51.730.0604.6917.136
Kiribati51.920.120.1710.3426.639
Dominica48.141.080.0411.4439.362
Saint Kitts and Nevis42.942.470.0215.5248.732
Nauru119.093.393.4728.1751.011
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