Top Beef Consuming Countries Per-Capita

Can you name the twenty countries whose populations consume the most beef per person per year?
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Last updated: January 7, 2020
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#
lbs.
Answer
1
124.2
Uruguay
2
120.2
Argentina
3
79.3
United States
4
78.9
Brazil
5
72.8
Paraguay
6
65.0
Australia
7
57.7
Canada
8
54.9
Kazakhstan
9
52.5
Chile
10
48.4
Israel
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lbs.
Answer
11
46.3
Switzerland
12
44.9
Turkey
13
39.1
New Zealand
14
39.0
Costa Rica
15
37.7
Colombia
16
36.2
South Africa
17
34.2
South Korea
18
31.9
Bosnia and Herzegovina
19
30.9
Mexico
20
30.3
Kuwait
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Level 82
Jan 7, 2020
Bosnia? Alone among the Balkans? A bit bizarre...
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Level 72
Jan 7, 2020
Europe is very bizarre. Bosnia and Switzerland but not Spain, UK Ireland or Germany? Also Kuwait alone among the more wealthy Islamic countries where pork is not an alternative? Not Qatar, Brunei etc?
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Level 61
Feb 22, 2020
Lamb/Mutton is a more common and popular alternative to pork than beef is in the Middle East.
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Level 55
Feb 23, 2020
You have to keep in mind that beef is usually eaten in countries that are more agriculturally advanced and where the environment is perfect for large herds of cows. Meaning other than Turkey, Israel and Kuwait it seems like there's not much cow-herding going on in the middle east. For Europe Bosnia is logical because of the muslim majority and Switzerland makes sense because cows are everywhere in the alps. It's actually surprising that Austria is not on the list but since Schnitzel is usually made out of pork nowadays instead of veal I guess it makes sense. Germany on the other hand has a lot more pork.
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Level 77
Jan 8, 2020
Bosnia makes sense, they eat it instead of pork, similar with Turkey, but I'm also surprised by lack of more Muslim countries. Maybe goats and sheep are more popular in middle east?
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Level 70
Jan 7, 2020
Good quiz, I missed a couple that I should have got. Missed Israel but remembered afterwards the 'Reuben Sandwich'.
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Level 72
Jan 8, 2020
I've never seen Reuben Sandwich offered anywhere in Israel - it's a New York thing and the mix of cheese and beef is a no-no here. I only guessed Israel because I live there. We eat a lot of chicken and turkey, but beef - not so much, so I was surprised.
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Level 70
Jan 8, 2020
Thou shalt not boil a (calf) in its mother's milk?
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Level 71
Jan 11, 2020
So there are no cheeseburgers in Israel? I was under the impression that Israel offers a lot of treyf dishes, despite the influence of the more observant portion of the populace.
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Level 65
Feb 24, 2020
Israeli here :) There are alot of places that sells cheeseburgers here
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Level 63
Jan 8, 2020
Feels like time is too long. I didn't get them all but had plenty of time for random guessing.
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Level 51
Jan 8, 2020
Yeah, I agree. It should probably be 3:30 or 4:00
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Level 79
Jan 8, 2020
So, top 7 are countries with a deeply ingrained culture of asado/barbecue (I don't know about No. 8, but if they do, that would change "top 7" for "top 9").
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Level 67
Jan 8, 2020
The problem with the source is that it does not contain data about all over the countries, especially about EU countries. From an other source: https://beef2live.com/story-world-beef-consumption-ranking-countries-247-106879 EU consumption is approx. 17.25 billion pounds. (2018) EU popul. is 512.4 million. (2018) It means that EU consumption is 33.67 pound per-capita. From other sources (2015) (https://www.econstor.eu/bitstream/10419/191439/1/1046491598.pdf Domestic use beef) and https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/documents/2995521/6903510/3-10072015-AP-EN.pdf/d2bfb01f-6ac5-4775-8a7e-7b104c1146d0 population) Here is the result in pounds per capita: Denmark 59.2 Sweden 58.6 France 52.8 Malta 51.4 Ireland 44.0 Netherlands 42.6 Slovenia 42.5 UK 42.0 Portugal 39.0 Italy 39.0 Finland 38.8 Greece 35.8 Austria 35.0 Belgium 35.0 Germany 31.4 Croatia 30.5 Spain 28.2 Cyprus 23.7 Latvia 19.5 Czech R. 18.7 Estonia 15.8 Romania 12.4 Slovakia 10.8 Lithuania 9.6 Bulgaria 9.5 Hungary 8.7 Poland 3.0
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Level 51
Jan 9, 2020
Thanks, I'll look into this.
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Level 61
Jan 9, 2020
US ahead of Australia and New Zealand? Seems bizarre.
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Level 72
Jan 11, 2020
I was surprised to read that. I had thought I'd read somewhere that Australia was number 3, just behind Uruguay and Argentina, but it might be old info. I know chicken consumption has been on the rise in Australia for about three decades, supplanting the more traditional beef and lamb of the Australian diet of the past. NZ beef consumption, I imagine, is offset by both a similar rise in chicken consumption and an even greater historical preference for lamb.
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Level 78
Jan 12, 2020
McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, Whataburger, In and Out, Fuddrucker's, Culver's, Steak 'n' Shake, Sonic, Carl's Jr/Hardy's, Taco Bell...that's a lot of beef consumed every day in the US in addition to what's cooked at home. We also eat very little lamb here, although we eat a lot of pork to make up for it.
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Level 79
Feb 22, 2020
Darn it. Last time missed Turkey and Costa Rica. This time missed Kazakhstan and Kuwait. :P Shocking India didn't make the cut.
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Level 51
Feb 22, 2020
Why would India make the cut? Not only are cows sacred in Hinduism, around a third of the country is vegetarian.
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Level 79
Feb 22, 2020
You mean most Indians are Hindu? Oh man. No wonder my YOLO-themed t-shirt store in Bangalore never took off. That explains it.
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Level 59
Feb 25, 2020
Kal, 80% of India identify as Hindu - That's quite a sizable percentage not eating cows.
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Level 65
Feb 22, 2020
Can you also add kg for us metric people
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Level 47
Feb 22, 2020
Very weird combination of countries. Have doubt about the accuracy.
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Level 79
Feb 22, 2020
what's weird about it? seems pretty legit to me
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Level 79
Feb 22, 2020
I mean... Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil... everyone knows this region produces a ton of beef and leather. More cows down there than anywhere. The USA, Australia, and Mexico are also famous for their beef industries so they show up. Israel - I think they eat more lamb and chicken than beef, but they don't eat much pork so that's why I guessed them. Eastern Europe eats a ton of meat but mostly pork and chicken, however Bosnia and Kazakhstan peek through. Central Asians I knew eat horse and buffalo meat but wasn't surprised to see one show up with beef, too. South Korea was traditionally very vegetarian but last few decades they've added a lot of animal protein to their diet and due to Japanese and American influences that's mostly in the form of beef, chicken, fish, and squid. Then there are some geographically proximate/culturally similar countries... after that I just started guessing countries that were wealthy since those have more to spend on meat, that's how I got Kuwait and Switzerl
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Level 79
Feb 22, 2020
and. And finally picked up South Africa just on a guess. I figured the Boer farmers that colonized the country probably found good grazing land there, being similar in climate and topography to some of the South American countries famous for their beef.
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Level 79
Feb 22, 2020
And this gets featured before my pork quiz from years ago. :( Clear anti-pork bias on this website...
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Level 72
Feb 24, 2020
I love me some pork belly or some spare ribs as much as the next guy, but not gonna lie, once you've sat down at a Buenos Aires parrilla and had some bife de chorizo with chimichurri sauce.... I've forgotten where I was going with this and my keyboard's getting covered in drool. I'm... I'm off to the butcher.
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Level 60
Feb 22, 2020
*Facepalm* my first guess was India
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Level 33
Feb 24, 2020
weird
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Level 51
Mar 2, 2020
I just updated the quiz with more reliable and complete sources
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Level 60
Apr 15, 2020
b r u v why did i guess india first