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Ursula Nov 05, 2014 12:25 PM
I have a question about a chart that is on your website here: http://www.eea.europa.eu/[…]/annual-consumption-of-meat-and
I'm interested in dairy consumption mostly and I was wondering if the data is right or I'm maybe missing something, cause the consumption is 23,2kg/person per year and it seems very low... I don't know the exact number but it should be around 150kg I suppose. Could someone check this and let me know? Thanks in advance!
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EEA Nov 13, 2014 10:42 AM
Here is the answer from our expert:

Following the latest work on the Environmental Indicators Report 2014: http://www.eea.europa.eu/[…]/environmental-indicator-report-2014; Part 2 Thematic indicator-based assessments, Chapter 4 Food (p. 51-76). Within this chapter, among others, we have the analysis on the trends in consumption of selected food products (quantities), EU-28, 1995-2011 though expresses as index (1995=100). The data behind the graph is based on FAO statistics: http://faostat3.fao.org/home/E (the latest data for up to 2011 is available) and we are currently preparing the indicator SCP020 Consumption of meat, dairy, fish and seafood (that should be published shortly – but I cannot give you more precision on exact date of the publishing).

Background information for the consumption per capita per year of meat in EU-28 was:
1995 81.5 kg/cap/year
2000 84.8 kg/cap/year
2005 84.4 kg/cap/year
2009 84.6 kg/cap/year

Data for milk (total consumption of milk), excluding butter and eggs in EU-28:
1995 226.2 kg/cap/year
2000 233.1 kg/cap/year
2005 241.2 kg/cap/year
2009 239 kg/cap/year

The latest data for 2010 and 2011 is available at the FAO statistic’s web site. Please note that we did not collect any data for the Western Balkans.

One additional remark. We are currently using FAO database, instead of Eurostat due to incomplete data series (in the later one).

As of EEA report from 2010 ‘Environmental trends and perspectives in the Western Balkans: future production and consumption patterns’, I was not involved in the production of this graph, and I don’t know which background data was used for the analysis. The low numbers for the consumption of dairy products could indicate consumption of some particular dairy product (e.g. only eggs, or only cheese). Again, I am not familiar with this indicator that was used in the report.