Preliminary data from the Federal Info Centre for Agriculture (BZL) in Germany reveals that the long-term pattern in the direction of decrease meat consumption is to proceed.

In 2022, at 52kg/individual, per capita meat consumption fell by round 4.2kg in comparison with 2021 and is the bottom it has been since consumption calculations started in 1989.

Individuals ate round 2.8kg much less pork, 900g much less beef and veal and 400g much less poultry. A doable cause for declining meat consumption may very well be the persevering with pattern in the direction of a plant-based weight loss plan.

Much less web meat manufacturing

The traits in German home demand are mirrored within the web manufacturing of animals slaughtered domestically, in line with BZL.

In comparison with the earlier yr, 9.8% much less pork and eight.2% much less beef and veal have been produced. Internet manufacturing of poultry meat fell by 2.9%.

In accordance with the preliminary figures, meat manufacturing for 2022 might be 116% in comparison with home demand (earlier yr – 118%).

Within the case of poultry, 97.4% of home demand may be lined from home manufacturing.


Teams resembling ProVeg Worldwide have welcomed the findings exhibiting a discount in meat consumption.

Jasmijn de Boo, vice-president of ProVeg mentioned: “We’re actually happy to see the continued decline in meat consumption in Germany, which has been helped by individuals following flexitarian diets.

“That is excellent news for the atmosphere, for individuals’s well being and, after all, for animals.

“Animal agriculture is answerable for about 20% of worldwide greenhouse gasoline [GHG] emissions, together with widespread deforestation, and the air pollution of waterways,” de Boo added.

“It’s crucial that insurance policies are applied to make sure that the pattern seen in Germany is replicated elsewhere.”

Retail gross sales information from NielsenIQ protecting 13 European nations reveals that gross sales of plant-based meals have grown 6% in 2022 – and 22% since 2020 – to achieve €5.7 billion.