Meat consumption in the Netherlands increased in 2018 for the first time in nine years. That says the animal rights organization Wakker Dier based on research from Wageningen Economic Research.

On average, Dutch people consumed 77.2 kilos of meat per person. In 2016 and 2017 it was 76.6 kilos. Everything is counted in these consumption figures, including bones for example.

"Eating less meat seems popular, but the reality is apparently more difficult," says Wakker Dier. "The rise is at odds with food trends in recent years."

Such trends include, for example, vegetarian or vegan food, or a reduction in meat consumption. According to Wakker Dier there is an increase in vegetable food and the amount of vegetarian options in restaurants.

How the rise is possible is still unclear. Given that supermarkets sell less meat and hospitality expenses rise, it is possible that people increasingly eat meat outside the home.


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