Meat consumption

How much meat is consumed in Germany?

From 2000 to 2017, per capita meat consumption in Germany was stable at around 60 kilograms annually. That equates to around 1.15 kilograms per person every week. The German Society for Nutrition (DGE) advises meat consumption of no more than 300 to 600 grams per week. The average meat consumption in Germany is two to four times higher than recommended by the DGE. The DGE is calling on consumers to cut their meat consumption in half and to buy higher quality animal products instead.

Meat consumption worldwide

The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture sees animal husbandry as a field of tension between increasing demand and sustainability. The per capita consumption of meat worldwide is around 43 kilograms per year. The growth of the world population and increasing prosperity lead to a steadily increasing demand for animal food. In order to satisfy the global hunger for meat, there has to be a significant increase in animal husbandry. However, this conflicts with the requirements of a sustainable, environmentally conscious and climate-friendly global economy as well as animal welfare in factory farming. (vb)

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