Is meat consumption falling in the West?
Many in Europe and North America say they are trying to cut down on meat, but is it working?
Not really, according to statistics.
Recent data from the United States Department for Agriculture (USDA) suggests meat consumption per head has actually increased over the last few years.
While we may think that meat is becoming less popular, US consumption in 2018 was close to its highest in decades.
It’s a similar picture with meat consumption in the EU.
Rapidly growing nations like China and Brazil have seen significant economic growth in recent decades, and a large rise in meat consumption.
I notice, in my travels, people in developing countries eat a lot of meat. In China it used to be a special occasion when a family got a whole (live) chicken. Argentina and Chile, it was too much. I couldn’t face meat for many weeks after the holiday.
I started cutting down on meat (at home) since a few years. These days only one piece of meat a week. One of the reasons is I love other non-meat things as well and want to eat more of those. However, I am less strict and have to adapt when travelling in another country.