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The US has earned its stripes as a beef-guzzling country it seems, after a UN report found it was only behind Luxembourg and Hong Kong when it came to meat consumption.

The average American consumes a whopping 126.6 kg of meat each year - compared to Ukranians who only eat around 38.6 kg. That's a lot of burgers.

The UK ranked 25th with the average person consuming 83.9 kg per year.

The latest global data publicly available comes from a UN report called The State of Food and Agriculture 2009, which reviewed livestock production and consumption around the world.

Browse the interactive map below:

Meat consumption was especially prevalent in developed countries, largely in part due to the expense and demand.

The biggest steak-lovers were as follows:

Of the 175 countries, Bangladesh ate the least meat, with the average person consuming only 3.1 kg per year.

World Vegan Day was marked on 1 November, and was first established in 1994 by the UK's vegan society.

HT Telegraph

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