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Germans, known for their love of sausages, are eating less meat and more vegetarian food as concerns grow about health, animal welfare and the environmental cost of livestock farming. Meat consumption is stable or declining in most developed countries but the shift is particularly striking in Germany, Europe's biggest pork producer and home to 1,500 varieties of sausage including Berlin's favorite, the "Curry-Wurst". A vegetarian Currywurst is pictured at Ziervogels Kult Curry in Berlin, Germany, April 28, 2015 . Viola Ziervogel, wife of the owner Mario Ziervogel fries curried sausage, also known as Curry-wurst, at Ziervogels Kult Curry in Berlin, Germany, April 28, 2015 .The number of vegetarians in Germany has doubled in the last seven years to about 3.7 percent of the population, while a survey has shown that 60 percent of Germans would be willing to cut their meat consumption, largely due to concerns about health and animal welfare.Vegetarian versions of the Curry-wurst sausage are displayed at Ziervogels Kult Curry in Berlin, Germany, April 28, 2015 .Mario Ziervogel, whose family has sold sausages in Berlin since 1930, added a soya-based version of the Curry-Wurst – pork sausage smothered with a curry-flavored ketchup – to his menu two years ago.
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