Feeding the World. Consumption Out of all types of meat the most widely consumed meat in the world is pork, followed by poultry such as chicken, leaving beef in the third place. During the low-fat craze—which peaked in the 80s, spread into the 90s, and is shockingly still advocated by some (particularly folks from the Baby Boomer generation) to this day—chicken reigned supreme. Chicken 2/4. Versatility . Beef is the third most widely consumed meat in the world, accounting for about 25% of meat production worldwide, after pork and poultry at 38% and 30% respectively. It can be combined with many different foods and is a great base for all kinds of recipes. Chicken is the most versatile and adaptable meat. Both beef and chicken can be used in many different ways in the kitchen, however the chicken meat is considered to be more versatile. The question, Chicken or beef, can be a relatively polarizing. CHECK: The U.S. 1.26 million metric tons (MT*) of beef and beef variety meat in 2017. Beef 3/4. Chicken 4/5. An estimated 527,019 people have jobs in production and packing, importing operations, sales, packaging and direct distribution of meat and poultry products. While beef can be used for a variety of occasions also, chicken is normally quicker to prepare and can be baked, barbecued, grilled and roasted.