The Swiss consume less food

Published Nov 27, 2021

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Per capita food consumption has declined, according to the Federal Council. Food imports have grown faster than population. The permanent resident population in Switzerland grew by 23% between 1994 and 2019, and its food processing industry grew. There is also an increase in total food consumption, which was nevertheless stronger for plant products than for those of animal origin, notes the Federal Council in a report published in response to a postulate submitted to the National Council.

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Food differences On the other hand, per capita food consumption has decreased over time, whether of plant or animal origin, with differences depending on the product. Per capita consumption of some foods has increased (potatoes, vegetable oils and fats, poultry, cheese, including quark and eggs), while others, such as fluid milk, wine and meat calf, have shown a marked decline. Increasing imports The need for imports is growing, which is leading Switzerland to open certain quotas beyond the commitments it has made to the WTO, continues the Federal Council in its report. Imports of non-quota agricultural products are also growing. As for wine, demand is declining despite the increase in population, so the quotas are not being filled. Despite the drop in fruit consumption per capita of around 1% per year, there is an increase in imports of these products. This is particularly the case for fruits not subject to a WTO quota (bananas, citrus fruits), for which the increase is greater ...
Source: Agrihebdo
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