SEJONG, April 15 (Korea Bizwire) – South Koreans’ meat consumption has increased a large extent for the past few decades but still lags far behind the average intake of other advanced countries, a government report showed Friday.
According to the report from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, the country’s annual per-capita consumption of meat came to 51.3 kilograms in 2014, compared with 63.5 kg, the average of the 34 member nations of the Organization for the Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
The United States topped the list of meat consumption with an annual 89.7 kg, followed by Argentina with 85.4 kg and Israel with 84.2 kg.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh was at the bottom with 2.1 kg, along with India and Ethiopia with 2.6 kg and 2.8 kg, respectively.
Pork is the most beloved meat among South Koreans, as 24.3 kg of pork was consumed per person in 2014, followed by 15.4 kg of chicken and 11.6 kg of beef.
South Korea’s meat consumption has soared nearly five-fold in about three decades, up from 11.3 kg in 1980, because of changes in people’s tastes and eating habits.’