Swedes have reduced their meat intake for second year in a row
Meat consumption has dropped in Sweden for the second year in a row, according to statistics released by the Swedish Board of Agriculture. On average, Sweden's meat consumption decreased by 2.2 kg per person in 2018, which led to a drop of 6% in the last two years.
According to the board, the change is due partly to prevailing food trends, but also to Swedes' increasing awareness of sustainability issues. "Everyone knows today that meat production contributes more to greenhouse gases than vegetable production," Asa Lannhard-Oberg, an agricultural policy analyst at the Swedish Board of Agriculture, mentioned at Swedish Television (SVT).
Swedes have increased their meat intake in the last three decades to reach a peak of 87.7 kg per person in 2016. Since then, meat consumption in Sweden has started to decrease steadily at about 2 kilograms per person. Also, the statistics are showing consumer's preference for meat produced in Sweden rather than imports.
Nevertheless, meat consumption in Sweden is still above the international average but Lannhard-Oberg believes that this trend will continue in the following years.