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A Conference Board of Canada report shows pork and beef consumption has dropped in Canada


A September report from the Conference Board of Canada indicates that meat consumption in Canada has been on the decline since 1999.

According to the report, pork consumption per person has fallen 31 per cent since 1999, while beef consumption has fallen by 19 per cent. Chicken consumption, however, has risen by 11 per cent in the same period.

The Conference Board cited several reasons for the decline in pork and beef consumption. The aging population’s concern for health issues is leading them to turn away from red meat, while a growing number of Canadian immigrants follow religions that limit meat consumption. Cost is also a factor, as higher prices for pork and beef may cause people to buy it less often.


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  1. David Nagley says:

    I was hoping that perhaps the decline in meat consumption was due to the increase in awareness of factory farming animal cruelty as well as the detrimental effects of nitrous oxide, methane and carbon dioxide emissions that are more harmful to our environment than the burning of fossil fuels. The health benefits would have also been obvious, but that was mentioned.

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