EU agricultural outlook trends reveal meat consumption has been on an upward trend in recent years. Yet, the European agricultural administration expects a slight decrease in meat consumption from almost 70 kg per European to 68.7 kg between 2020 to 2030, reports VILT, the Flemish information center for agriculture and horticulture.

Pork still accounts for the largest percentage of meat consumption, however, growth has stagnated, said VILT. Beef consumption is the lowest among meat categories, and has declined by almost 20% since the 2000s. Chicken consumption has almost doubled over the same period.

Flanders is home to 1.3 million cattle. While herd size increased between 2014 and 2017, thanks, in part, to the end of the milk quota, in recent years it’s been on the decline again.

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