The Australian Bureau of Statistics has revealed that the number of Australians using animal food products is on the rise.
More than 30 per cent of the population now eats animal foods, up from 19 per cent in 2010.
In 2020, about 2.7 million Australians will be consuming animal food, according to the ABS.
The new figures from the Australian Bureau also showed that Australians are eating more meat, eggs and dairy than ever before, with more than 4.6 million tonnes of meat and poultry consumed each year.
What’s on the menu?
Animal products are widely used in Australian cooking, with dishes including beef, chicken, pork, veal and dairy products, as well as many meat alternatives.
As a result, the number one ingredient in many Australian restaurants is meat, which is why many Australians now eat meat-free meals.
The Australian Meat and Poultry Council says that the meat industry has been working to reduce the amount of meat on our plates for more than a century.
Meat is the world’s third-largest consumer, accounting for about 25 per cent to 30 per.
per cent on the food chain, with Australian exports worth $2.2 billion per year, according the organisation.
The meat industry was also one of the largest recipients of the federal government’s new National Poultry Meat Standard.
“We’re in a world where meat production has exploded,” said Dr David Smith, a senior lecturer in animal science at the University of Queensland.
Australia is one of just two countries in the world to have no national standard for the slaughter of chickens, he said.
But the meat standard will not be enforced in Australia, and the meat-based products produced in Australia may continue to be used in other countries.
Many countries are moving away from animal meat products and towards vegetarian products, including the United States, Canada and the UK.
However, the Australian Government has indicated that the country will continue to rely on imported chicken.