Meat Consumption by Country

Meat, or the flesh of animals, has been consumed by mankind since the earliest stage of our evolution. Mankind is by nature an omnivorous species, as we have developed adaptations to eat meat, grains, and vegetables without difficulty. In ancient times, people would hunt for their food, and then cook the meat of their prey over the fire and eat with their tribe. As time wore down, meat production and consumption became more widespread and easier, with the improvements in livestock farming and meat packing. Nowadays we can simply go to the grocery store and buy high-quality meat ranging from beef to venison at relatively affordable prices. 

One of the unfortunate side effects of this, however, is that livestock herding has made a serious impact on our environment, as the methane produced from rearing cows has damaged the ozone layer, and the grazing fields take up a lot of land and resources themselves. As such, meat has gradually become more and more expensive, with alternative meat products (plant-based or grown in a lab) being offered to the more environmentally conscious consumers. 

If you would like to learn more about meat consumption by country, please refer to the data in the map and charts. 

Meat Consumption by Country

Afghanistan - Meat Consumption

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22

#166 in the World

Albania - Meat Consumption

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101

#67 in the World

Algeria - Meat Consumption

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52

#126 in the World

Angola - Meat Consumption

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54

#118 in the World

Antigua and Barbuda - Meat Consumption

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178

#10 in the World

Argentina - Meat Consumption

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297

#1 in the World

Armenia - Meat Consumption

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162

#21 in the World

Australia - Meat Consumption

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164

#19 in the World

Austria - Meat Consumption

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51

#127 in the World

Azerbaijan - Meat Consumption

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94

#74 in the World

Bangladesh - Meat Consumption

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11

#173 in the World

Barbados - Meat Consumption

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141

#37 in the World

Belarus - Meat Consumption

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110

#62 in the World

Belgium - Meat Consumption

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38

#145 in the World

Belize - Meat Consumption

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94

#75 in the World

Benin - Meat Consumption

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46

#133 in the World

Bolivia - Meat Consumption

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176

#11 in the World

Bosnia and Herzegovina - Meat Consumption

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86

#79 in the World

Botswana - Meat Consumption

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45

#134 in the World

Brazil - Meat Consumption

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200

#7 in the World

Bulgaria - Meat Consumption

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65

#108 in the World

Burkina Faso - Meat Consumption

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35

#152 in the World

Burundi - Meat Consumption

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10

#174 in the World

Cambodia - Meat Consumption

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34

#153 in the World

Cameroon - Meat Consumption

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33

#155 in the World

Canada - Meat Consumption

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115

#57 in the World

Central African Republic - Meat Consumption

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106

#63 in the World

Chad - Meat Consumption

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125

#55 in the World

Chile - Meat Consumption

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179

#9 in the World

Colombia - Meat Consumption

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159

#23 in the World

Comoros - Meat Consumption

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23

#165 in the World

Costa Rica - Meat Consumption

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74

#96 in the World

Croatia - Meat Consumption

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77

#91 in the World

Cuba - Meat Consumption

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142

#36 in the World

Cyprus - Meat Consumption

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86

#80 in the World

Czech Republic - Meat Consumption

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63

#111 in the World

Democratic Republic of the Congo - Meat Consumption

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10

#175 in the World

Denmark - Meat Consumption

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54

#119 in the World

Djibouti - Meat Consumption

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41

#141 in the World

Dominica - Meat Consumption

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150

#33 in the World

Dominican Republic - Meat Consumption

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115

#58 in the World

East Timor - Meat Consumption

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54

#120 in the World

Ecuador - Meat Consumption

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86

#81 in the World

Egypt - Meat Consumption

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67

#104 in the World

El Salvador - Meat Consumption

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79

#89 in the World

Estonia - Meat Consumption

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57

#115 in the World

Eswatini - Meat Consumption

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72

#97 in the World

Ethiopia - Meat Consumption

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18

#171 in the World

Fiji - Meat Consumption

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118

#56 in the World

Finland - Meat Consumption

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150

#34 in the World

France - Meat Consumption

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115

#59 in the World

Gabon - Meat Consumption

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151

#31 in the World

Georgia - Meat Consumption

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66

#107 in the World

Germany - Meat Consumption

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53

#123 in the World

Ghana - Meat Consumption

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34

#154 in the World

Greece - Meat Consumption

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94

#76 in the World

Grenada - Meat Consumption

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135

#42 in the World

Guatemala - Meat Consumption

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82

#87 in the World

Guinea - Meat Consumption

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37

#150 in the World

Guinea-Bissau - Meat Consumption

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38

#146 in the World

Guyana - Meat Consumption

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127

#50 in the World

Haiti - Meat Consumption

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49

#130 in the World

Honduras - Meat Consumption

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70

#100 in the World

Hong Kong - Meat Consumption

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176

#12 in the World

Hungary - Meat Consumption

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71

#99 in the World

Iceland - Meat Consumption

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240

#3 in the World

India - Meat Consumption

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14

#172 in the World

Indonesia - Meat Consumption

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31

#156 in the World

Iran - Meat Consumption

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96

#72 in the World

Iraq - Meat Consumption

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28

#159 in the World

Ireland - Meat Consumption

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126

#52 in the World

Israel - Meat Consumption

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248

#2 in the World

Italy - Meat Consumption

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97

#71 in the World

Ivory Coast - Meat Consumption

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28

#160 in the World

Jamaica - Meat Consumption

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155

#28 in the World

Japan - Meat Consumption

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42

#139 in the World

Jordan - Meat Consumption

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85

#82 in the World

Kazakhstan - Meat Consumption

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161

#22 in the World

Kenya - Meat Consumption

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38

#147 in the World

Kuwait - Meat Consumption

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176

#13 in the World

Kyrgyzstan - Meat Consumption

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85

#83 in the World

Laos - Meat Consumption

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70

#101 in the World

Latvia - Meat Consumption

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67

#105 in the World

Lebanon - Meat Consumption

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69

#102 in the World

Lesotho - Meat Consumption

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54

#121 in the World

Liberia - Meat Consumption

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45

#135 in the World

Libya - Meat Consumption

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101

#68 in the World

Lithuania - Meat Consumption

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84

#85 in the World

Luxembourg - Meat Consumption

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158

#26 in the World

Macau - Meat Consumption

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137

#40 in the World

Madagascar - Meat Consumption

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31

#157 in the World

Malawi - Meat Consumption

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76

#93 in the World

Malaysia - Meat Consumption

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134

#45 in the World

Maldives - Meat Consumption

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50

#129 in the World

Mali - Meat Consumption

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62

#112 in the World

Malta - Meat Consumption

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53

#124 in the World

Mauritania - Meat Consumption

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96

#73 in the World

Mauritius - Meat Consumption

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127

#51 in the World

Mexico - Meat Consumption

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151

#32 in the World

Moldova - Meat Consumption

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54

#122 in the World

Mongolia - Meat Consumption

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234

#4 in the World

Montenegro - Meat Consumption

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141

#38 in the World

Morocco - Meat Consumption

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94

#77 in the World

Mozambique - Meat Consumption

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20

#169 in the World

Myanmar - Meat Consumption

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172

#15 in the World

Namibia - Meat Consumption

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67

#106 in the World

Nepal - Meat Consumption

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38

#148 in the World

Netherlands - Meat Consumption

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58

#114 in the World

New Caledonia - Meat Consumption

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144

#35 in the World

New Zealand - Meat Consumption

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126

#53 in the World

Nicaragua - Meat Consumption

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61

#113 in the World

Niger - Meat Consumption

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22

#167 in the World

Nigeria - Meat Consumption

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20

#170 in the World

North Korea - Meat Consumption

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37

#151 in the World

Norway - Meat Consumption

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135

#43 in the World

Oman - Meat Consumption

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112

#61 in the World

Pakistan - Meat Consumption

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43

#138 in the World

Panama - Meat Consumption

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152

#30 in the World

Papua New Guinea - Meat Consumption

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173

#14 in the World

Paraguay - Meat Consumption

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49

#131 in the World

People's Republic of China - Meat Consumption

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167

#17 in the World

Peru - Meat Consumption

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136

#41 in the World

Philippines - Meat Consumption

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93

#78 in the World

Poland - Meat Consumption

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64

#110 in the World

Portugal - Meat Consumption

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131

#47 in the World

Republic of Macedonia - Meat Consumption

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77

#92 in the World

Republic of the Congo - Meat Consumption

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83

#86 in the World

Romania - Meat Consumption

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72

#98 in the World

Russia - Meat Consumption

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130

#48 in the World

Rwanda - Meat Consumption

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25

#163 in the World

Saint Kitts and Nevis - Meat Consumption

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167

#18 in the World

Saint Lucia - Meat Consumption

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113

#60 in the World

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - Meat Consumption

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227

#6 in the World

São Tomé and Príncipe - Meat Consumption

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44

#137 in the World

Saudi Arabia - Meat Consumption

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135

#44 in the World

Senegal - Meat Consumption

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47

#132 in the World

Serbia - Meat Consumption

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81

#88 in the World

Seychelles - Meat Consumption

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140

#39 in the World

Sierra Leone - Meat Consumption

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21

#168 in the World

Slovakia - Meat Consumption

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40

#143 in the World

Slovenia - Meat Consumption

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69

#103 in the World

Solomon Islands - Meat Consumption

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27

#161 in the World

South Africa - Meat Consumption

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172

#16 in the World

South Korea - Meat Consumption

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78

#90 in the World

Spain - Meat Consumption

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99

#70 in the World

Sri Lanka - Meat Consumption

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27

#162 in the World

Sudan - Meat Consumption

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56

#116 in the World

Suriname - Meat Consumption

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159

#24 in the World

Sweden - Meat Consumption

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45

#136 in the World

Switzerland - Meat Consumption

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130

#49 in the World

Syria - Meat Consumption

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53

#125 in the World

Taiwan - Meat Consumption

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158

#27 in the World

Tajikistan - Meat Consumption

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76

#94 in the World

Tanzania - Meat Consumption

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29

#158 in the World

Thailand - Meat Consumption

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65

#109 in the World

The Bahamas - Meat Consumption

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159

#25 in the World

The Gambia - Meat Consumption

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41

#142 in the World

Togo - Meat Consumption

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39

#144 in the World

Trinidad and Tobago - Meat Consumption

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182

#8 in the World

Tunisia - Meat Consumption

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75

#95 in the World

Turkey - Meat Consumption

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106

#64 in the World

Turkmenistan - Meat Consumption

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133

#46 in the World

Uganda - Meat Consumption

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25

#164 in the World

Ukraine - Meat Consumption

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100

#69 in the World

United Arab Emirates - Meat Consumption

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230

#5 in the World

United Kingdom - Meat Consumption

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126

#54 in the World

United States of America - Meat Consumption

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163

#20 in the World

Uruguay - Meat Consumption

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105

#65 in the World

Uzbekistan - Meat Consumption

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103

#66 in the World

Vanuatu - Meat Consumption

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85

#84 in the World

Venezuela - Meat Consumption

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42

#140 in the World

Vietnam - Meat Consumption

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153

#29 in the World

Yemen - Meat Consumption

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51

#128 in the World

Zambia - Meat Consumption

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55

#117 in the World

Zimbabwe - Meat Consumption

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38

#149 in the World