Luxembourg tops world meat-eater ranking

Grand Duchy is world's biggest meat consumer

Luxembourg consumes the most meat per capita in the world according to a study by The Economist
Luxembourg consumes the most meat per capita in the world according to a study by The Economist
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Vegetarians are very much the minority in Luxembourg it would seem after it emerged that the pint-sized country is a heavy-weight in the world meat-eating rankings.

Grand Duchy residents were ranked the biggest consumers of meat in the world and the second for beef, according to a study by The Economist.

The study suggests that in 2007, 134.84 kilos of meat were eaten per person in Luxembourg, compared with Americans, who consume 124.84 kilos per head of population. The average consumption per capita was 36.8 kilos.

Its penchant for beef products places the country in second place behind Argentina as the world's biggest beef eaters.

The Economist pointed out that meat consumption has skyrocketed during the last 50 years. In 1961 the average amount of meat being consumed per person was 22 kilos, while in 2007 it romped up to nearly 40 kilos per person.

Trends in the meat of choice have also altered. Whereas beef was once the most commonly eaten meat, accounting for 40 percent of consumption, today it represents 23 percent of all the meat eaten around the world.

Pork has overtaken all other meat products, accounting for 99 million tonnes meanwhile just under a third of our meat intake comes from poultry.

According to the study, which compared meat-eating habits in 177 countries around the world, India consumed the least meat at just 2.6 kilos per capita.