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German media: German pig-raising enterprises relied on China to save worries about falling demand in China

2019/02/27 18:35
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According to the annual Meat Atlas published by the German Union for the Conservation of the Environment and Nature and the Heinrich Berl Foundation, which is close to the Green Party, Germans are eating less and less meat.


According to the German Times Weekly website on January 10, in 2016, the total meat consumption per capita in Germany was 59 kg, of which pork consumption was the largest, almost twice the total consumption of poultry and beef. The decline in meat consumption began in 2011, although consumption declined slowly. For comparison: In 2011, the total meat consumption per capita in Germany was 62.8 kg.
Environmentalists argue that the meat consumed by Germans should be cut in half and stocks of livestock drastically reduced. When they released the Meat Atlas report, they said that climate protection goals and animal and nature conservation goals would not be achieved otherwise. Hubert Weiger, president of the German Union for Environmental and Natural Conservation, said the slogan was "less is better". He believes that the federal government has a responsibility to make every effort to promote the sustainable transformation of animal husbandry.
Reported that the report also shows that although the reduction in meat consumption in Germany is not too much, but they choose more and more sophisticated. They eat more organic, and they prefer to eat tenderloin. According to the report, Germans do not like to eat too much fat, nor do they like to eat viscera. Pig belly, pig brain, pig heart? This is meat waste on the German market. In the 1980s, Germans also ate 1.5 kilograms of viscera per year. According to the Meat Atlas, they now eat only 100 grams of viscera per year.
But in China, pig ears are delicious. Since this century, German exports of meat and dairy products to China have increased by 29 times. Pork is particularly popular: from January to October 2017, German traders exported 2.4 million tons of pork to China, one fifth of the slaughter of live pigs in Germany. According to European Commission data and German agricultural export report in 2017, meat and dairy exports far exceed half of Germany's total agricultural exports to China.
Reported that the export of pork business in the past few years is very good, so that the number of live pigs in German agricultural enterprises began to rise again. The number of live pigs in Germany in November 2017 was 27.5 million, an increase of 378,000 from May. However, China's demand has fallen sharply. If this trend continues, Germany will have an excess of pork, which will lead to lower prices. "Pork is on the market in large quantities," said Michael Lozer, spokesman for the German Farmers'Association. In early 2017, the price of pork per kilogram was 1.85 euros (about 14.4 yuan) and currently 1.50 euros (about 11.7 yuan).
The report said that for many feeding enterprises, exports to Asia are a great salvation. After the embargo imposed on Russia in 2015, Germany lost an important sales market and many enterprises had to close down. Nearly 10 pig-raising enterprises withdrew from the business. Luo Ze is well aware that "if there is no pork export to China, there may be more business failures." In 2017, the number of pig-raising enterprises in Germany continued to decrease. At the same time, the stock of live pigs in Germany is increasing, because the number of large enterprises has increased. (Reference Message Network)