Eating Meat Is The Norm Almost Everywhere

The majority of people surveyed said that their diet contains meat.

On average, 86 per cent of those surveyed for

Statista Consumer Insights

In 21 countries, meat is a part of the diet.

  • Emphasizing that meat consumption is still the norm in almost all parts of the world, despite the recent trend towards meat substitutes and products based on plants.

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Statista's Katharina B. Buchholz reports

In order to satisfy the global appetite for meat in 2021, 340 millions tons were produced. This number is increasing because meat consumption increases with the wealth of a country.

Only three of the 21 countries, namely Switzerland, China and India, had less than 80 percent of respondents say that they ate.



In Switzerland, 53 percent of respondents said they ate meat. China had 79 percent of its respondents stating that they ate meat. In Switzerland, the number was 72.

India's love for vegetarian food

Vegetarianism is also closely related to Brahmanism, or Vedic Religion, a belief-system that is linked to the Brahman caste, highly valued in the Indian system of castes.

Western countries


It is often linked to environmental concerns or unethical meat production practices.

Although meat consumption is higher in these countries than in others, meat alternatives are still more popular. In the UK, 21 percent said that they purchased them regularly, while 12 percent did so in Spain, and 11 percent bought them in Austria. The highest percentage of respondents in the survey, 20 percent, buy meat substitutes on a regular basis in China. This is due to the Chinese market having many traditional meat alternatives like tofu or seitan, which have a long history in the country.

The conceptualization of

Foregoing meat as a moral act, but also as an environmentally friendly one has led meat eaters to purchase meat substitutes.

As the overlap of the figures in the survey suggests.

South Korea is the nation that buys the least meat substitutes, with only 9 percent of its population buying them regularly.