Lesley Kennedy

Which Country Eats the Most Meat? It’s Not U.S.

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Lisa Simpson surely cringed when her ‘toon town dad, Homer, uttered those famous words, “If God didn’t want us to eat animals, why did he make them out of meat?”


Perhaps she should consider studying abroad in India while sending her carnivore pops to … Luxembourg.


Yes, Luxembourg.


As The Economist reports, one of the smallest countries in the world is actually, per capita, its biggest meat eater, while India, with a a population of over 1 billion, consumes the least.


Sourcing stats from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the publication ranked 177 nations by how much cow, pig, poultry, mutton, goat and “other” meat their populations consumed. (We don’t even want to think about what “other” could include.)


Homer would be right at home with those meat-lovin’ Luxembourgers, who eat, on average, about 300 pounds of meat annually per person. In the Olympics of meat eating, the U.S. takes silver, with each of us consuming about 276 pounds of meat (beef preferred). Australia goes home with the bronze for ingesting some 267 pounds of animal protein.


Wow. Sign us up for Meatless Mondays, pronto.


If we were handing out medals for the least amount of meat eaten, India, where folks eat just 7 pounds of meat annually per person, nabs the gold; Bangladesh, at nearly 9 pounds, takes second; and the Democratic Republic of the Congo comes in third with a measly 10 pounds of meat eaten per person.


The report shows cow was once the global leader in meat consumed, but pig has taken the lead. Blame it on the deliciousness of bacon. You know what Homer says, “Porkchops and bacon, my two favorite animals.”





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