Meat consumption per person has escalated rapidly over the course of the later part of the 20th century. This trend of rising meat consumption appears well situated to continue into the 21st century. According to a study by The Economist, meat consumption has risen from 22kg consumed per person in 1961 to around 40kg in 2007. Pork and pork based products are the preferred choice of meat consumed having overtaken the former number one choice, cattle. Western countries continue to dominate the top spots for meat consuming countries with Luxembourg being ranked number one followed by the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Spain. China and India are situated to provide the catalyst for further growth in world wide meat consumption due in part to their rapidly growing middle class economies. For a look at the full data set on global meat consumption per person see here.