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July 08, 2020 - Boston.com

Pandemic set to spark biggest retreat for meat eating in decades

Pandemic set to spark biggest retreat for meat eating in decades
Plant-based porkCredit: Impossible Foods

The coronavirus pandemic is poised to usher in the biggest retreat for global meat eating in decades.

Per-capita consumption is set to fall by almost 3% in 2020 to the lowest since 2011, according to data from the United Nations. Meanwhile, analysts across the globe are predicting declines not just per capita but for overall demand.

That’s a dramatic turnaround for an industry that’s come to rely on steady growth. The shift is happening in every major market, including in the U.S., where it’s predicted that per-capita meat consumption won’t return to pre-pandemic levels until at least after 2025.

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