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Argentine non-meat eaters gain ground in a land dominated by beef

1. Meat consumption in Argentine

With increasing inflation and poverty coupled with greater awareness of animal rights, Argentines are giving up centuries-old eating habits for vegetarian and vegan diets.

A culinary struggle is underway between the growing vegetarian and vegan community and the traditional meat-eating majority of Argentina, a country famed for its grass-fed beef that stretches back to colonial times.

Argentines eat the most meat in all of South America, around 109.38kg per person per year, and have the third biggest appetite in the world behind only Australians (121.6kg) and Americans (124.1kg).

Meat, and particularly beef, has shaped the destiny of Argentina since the Spanish conquistadors herded cattle on ships and brought them over to South America.

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