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Europeans older, healthier, single

At least 146 million Europeans will eat less red meat by 2005
At least 146 million Europeans will eat less red meat by 2005

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LONDON, England -- In the next five years the typical European will become older, single and more health conscious, according to a report by market analysts Datamonitor.

By 2005, Europe will have five million more singles and 11 million fewer people living as part of a family and an extra 1.4 million couples living without kids as compared to 2000.

During the same period, the number of under-18s will shrink by nearly three and half million while the number of older people will increase by six 6 million.

The report is based on information from France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom over the period 1995 to 2005.

While the number of people over 50 will increase from 121.8 million in 1995 to 139.9 million in 2005, the number of children aged between three and nine will decrease from 2000 by 2.6 million to reach 30.8 million in 2005.

There will also be a reduction in the number of babies and teenagers over the same period.

Europeans will be more health conscious and eat less red meat as they try to improve their health, according to the survey.

At least 146.8 million people will decide to reduce their meat intake by 2005, compared with 135.2 million who did the same in 2000.

But while meat reduction is on the gain, vegetarianism is on the wane with less than a one million increase in the number of advocates in the same period.

And loyal organic food users will increase to 46.1 million by 2005 from 16.1 million in 2000.

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