Meat consumption is decreasing fast in Germany as the country embraces plant-based foods and moves towards a climate-friendly future.
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In 2011, Germans ate 138 pounds of meat each year, Vox reported. But today, the country is only eating 121 pounds a year, and plant-based food purchases are on the rise. In the last few years, grocery sales of plant-based food have almost doubled. From 2018 to 2020, the sale of plant-based foods went from $424 million to $835 million.
A poll from 2020 found that from 2016 to 2020, the number of vegans in Germany doubled, and 3.2 percent of the population is now vegan. As the number of vegans has grown, another thing that is helping meat consumption go down is the number of people switching to vegetarian or flexitarian diets. Although these diets do not eliminate meat, experts say that these have helped bring the country’s meat consumption down.
Another reason for the decline in meat consumption is the youth in Germany. Many young people in the country are conscious of climate change and the impacts it is having on the planet. A survey found that 12.7 percent of respondents ages 15 to 29 identified as vegetarian or vegan. This is twice the number of Germany as a whole. Young people are also buying more plant-based products than older generations.
Unfortunately, in the United States, Americans eat almost double the amount of Germans, consuming 225 pounds of red meat and poultry.
Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health, and more! Unfortunately, dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, and prostate cancer, and has many side effects.
The plant-based food market is booming, and research suggests it could make up 7.7 percent of the global protein market by 2030. With a value of $29.4 billion in 2020, experts suggest that the plant-based foods market could have a value of over $162 billion by the end of the decade.
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