PRODUCTION

World production
of main meat (2000)
millions tons
%
Beef
57
24,26
Pork
90
38,45
Poultry
68
29,19
Mutton
8
3,27
Others
11
4,82
Total
233
100
Sources: Our calculation from FAO data  (2000) 
 
 
Worldwide distribution
of meat production (2000)
  Production (millions T) Production (%)
Africa 11 4,75
North America 48 20,58
South America 25 10,68
Asia 92 39,57
Europe 52 22,23
Australasia 5 2,2
World 233 100
Sources: Our calculation from FAO data (2000)  

Billion of men...
And billion of animals


Pork comes first in terms of meat quantities produced, followed by beef, poultry, mutton and goat.

There are important differences in terms of production, and consumption between rich and poor countries, due to the fact that producing meat is an expensive industry. North America consumes 115 kg meat annually per head on average, Africa only14.

The nutritional composition varies according to the meat considered, but the protein content is essential.

For populations that consume little or no meat for economic or cultural reasons, other sources of proteins, such as dry vegetables are essential.

 

 

CONSUMPTION

Average meat consumption (kg/head/year) worldwide (2000)
  Beef Mutton Pork Poultry Total
Africa 6 2,5 0,9 4,1 15
North America 32,7 0,7 22,8 37 93,9
South America 30,4 0,9 8,4 24,5 64,6
Asia 4,1 1,7 13,6 6,8 26,5
Europe 16,1 2,3 34,1 16 70,7
Australasia 30,4 16,4 16,5 25,7 90,7
World 9,7 1,8 14,8 11,1 38,2


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