Meat consumption in the Netherlands in 2017 remained the same


Meat consumption in the Netherlands was as high in 2017 as in 2016. This is evident from the Wageningen Economic Research, commissioned by Wakker Dier. On average, the Netherlands consumes more than 76 kilograms of meat each year; almost 50% more than recommended by the Nutrition Center. Wakker Dier calls the result "surprising". "People say eating less meat, but we do not see it in numbers, that's remarkable."

Many people are flexible and government policy is now focusing on plant protein in the diet. For many years, meat sales have increased and vegetarian products have grown. However, this trend seems to have little effect on meat consumption.

Meat consumption was measured using Wageningen Economic Research in carcase weight: meat including bones. About half of the 76.6 kg is actually consumed. Of this meat, 47% comes from pig carcases, almost 29% is poultry meat and 20% is beef.

Meat consumption in the Netherlands is almost 50% higher than in the Netherlands. According to this advice, one would have a particularly mild meat of cattle, sheep and pigs because of their health. Dutch meat consumption requires 6.5 million pigs, about 141,000 calves and about 185 million broilers.

For the fourth time, Wageningen Economic Research, commissioned by Wakker Diere, calculated the consumption of meat in the Netherlands on the basis of Netherlands statistics on meat production, import and export.

Data are published in the report on consumption of per capita meat in the Netherlands in 2005-2017.

source: Wakker Dier, 19/11/18


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