Top Beef Consuming Countries Per-Capita

Can you name the twenty countries whose populations consume the most beef and buffalo meat per person?
Data for the year 2017. Source: ourworldindata.org
Quiz by Zaquking
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Last updated: February 12, 2021
First submittedJanuary 2, 2020
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kg
Country
1
54.16
Argentina
2
37.08
United States
3
37.05
Brazil
4
35.70
Australia
5
31.65
Uruguay
6
29.47
Turkmenistan
7
27.08
Uzbekistan
8
26.50
Israel
9
25.38
Denmark
10
24.64
Luxembourg
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kg
Country
11
24.26
Sweden
12
23.78
Kazakhstan
13
23.15
France
14
22.34
Mongolia
15
21.89
Bolivia
16
21.13
Chile
17
20.84
New Zealand
18
20.31
Ireland
19
19.77
Switzerland
20
19.75
Central African Republic
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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 72
Jan 8, 2020
Thou shalt not boil a (calf) in its mother's milk?
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Level 70
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 68
Feb 24, 2020
Israeli here :)

There are alot of places that sells cheeseburgers here

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Level 81
Feb 12, 2021
Guessed Israel, assuming it offset the lack of pork consumption. But not sure if there's a lot of land there to graze cattle. Not like in USA, Australia and the Pampas. Maybe it's imported?
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Level 65
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 80
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 62
Jan 9, 2020
US ahead of Australia and New Zealand? Seems bizarre.
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Level 75
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 40
Apr 7, 2021
Literally Culver’s dunks their meat in BUTTER. Literally diabetes-ade
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Level ∞
Apr 7, 2021
Excess sugar consumption is more likely to cause diabetes than butter-dipped meat.
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Level 48
Feb 22, 2020
Very weird combination of countries. Have doubt about the accuracy.
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Level 81
Feb 22, 2020
what's weird about it? seems pretty legit to me
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Level 81
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 81
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 52
Apr 7, 2021
Yes. How is USA on list and Canada not? Last country on list is barely more than half of US's consumption. Puzzling.
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Level 81
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 75
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 61
Feb 22, 2020
*Facepalm* my first guess was India
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Level 32
Feb 24, 2020
weird
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Level 60
Apr 15, 2020
b r u v why did i guess india first
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Level 50
Jan 23, 2021
Because you thought it would be an answer.
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Level 65
Apr 8, 2021
I typed India about a minute into the quiz just because my silly brain was nagging me to do it.
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Level 57
Feb 12, 2021
First person to take the quiz after the reset. I can tell because I only got 13, but I beat 100% of quiz takers and the average score is 13. 5 points for me!
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Level 59
Feb 12, 2021
Fourth person after it reset because all the %'s are 50, 75, and 100.
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Level 72
Feb 12, 2021
Should be "Enter country here" instead of "Enter counrty here"
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Level ∞
Feb 12, 2021
Fixed
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Level 81
Feb 13, 2021
Central African Republic?

Lol, can anyone explain?

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Level 71
Feb 13, 2021
There's been a vicious war going on there for awhile -- so, does cannibalism count?
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Level 74
Feb 17, 2021
The data used for the quiz appears to be that of beef + buffalo produced for consumption, rather than actually consumed. Roughly 50% of CAR exports are to France, so while they might produce a good amount of beef locally, I'm not convinced that the local population can afford to eat it - rather it gets exported to France or elsewhere. Think the data source might not be the most appropriate measure of consumption, although I don't have alternate suggestion.
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Level 84
Feb 13, 2021
Kind of surprised that Canadian diets are THAT different from US diets, that they eat less than half the amount of meat per capita up north.
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Level 78
Feb 13, 2021
Beef, not meat.
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Level 64
Feb 23, 2021
I haven't been to Canada but I can imagine that venison might be quite popular. And seafood in coastal areas or near lakes.
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Level 40
Apr 6, 2021
I'm still super shocked we didn't make the list! That was my first guest all though now that I think about it I probably eat beef once every other week. I'm from Alberta and bison burgers are quite popular in restaurants. :)
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Level 68
Feb 13, 2021
CAR?
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Level 39
Apr 6, 2021
What are they doing in Argentina? lmao almost double the US
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Level 37
Apr 6, 2021
Argentina is widely known for its barbeque and beef consumption.

Asada, Bife de Chorizo, etc. some of the best beef in the world is down in the South American cone.

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Level 44
Apr 7, 2021
I thought that "US" worked as an abbreviation for United States in these quizzes? Doesn't it??
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Level 40
Apr 7, 2021
No
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Level 62
Apr 7, 2021
"USA" does but not "US"
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Level 19
Apr 7, 2021
Not Canada? That's bizarre.
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Level 72
Apr 8, 2021
Central African Republic eh? I doubt
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Level 65
Apr 8, 2021
Surprising not to see Hungary on the list, right???

Seriously though, outside of Sth Am it's a pretty random bunch of countries. Very few that I thought would "definitely" be on the list.