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Some stats about meat consumption in CH

Meat consumption hits ten-year high

People in Switzerland are eating more meat than they have in years – on average more than a kilo per person per week.

The total amount of meat eaten in 2010 was 427,138 tonnes, Proviande, the Swiss meat association, announced on Wednesday. That translates into 53.6 kilos per person per year.

Pork is by far the most popular, with 201,919 tonnes consumed in 2010. Beef (89,254 tonnes) and poultry (87,665) ranked second and third. In all three cases – the figures represented increases of about three or four per cent.

However, veal consumption went down by about 1.5 per cent to 25,116 tonnes.

Most of the meat eaten in Switzerland was Swiss: 80 per cent in total. Nearly all of the veal (98.4 per cent) and pork (94.5 per cent) was produced in Switzerland.




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Old 07.04.2011, 20:20
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I remember reading (or hearing) that during WWII (and before), whale meat was very heavily consumed in UK, due to price and limited availability of other meats.
In fact it become so much the staple protein of the working classes, that they ended up actually becoming so fed up of it, in the end, that it inspired Dame Vera Lynn to record her classic wartime hit:

(Ah no) "Whale Meat Again??!!"

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Most of the meat eaten in Switzerland was Swiss: 80 per cent in total. Nearly all of the veal (98.4 per cent) and pork (94.5 per cent) was produced in Switzerland.
Whenever possible, I will always endeavour to buy home (Swiss) produced meat and poultry, and pay a premium as I think the animal husbandry it considerably better than of some of the alternative sources of origin.
[It really gets my back up when some meat has travelled half way round, when we should be supporting the local farming economy - exception being lamb from the antipodean colonies, as I grew up with that]
We don't eat meat every day, so I prefer to go for (perceived) quality over quantity.

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