Korea: More bacon, fewer pigs
Pork is the best-selling meat in Korea, accounting for nearly half of
per-capita meat consumption of 33kg a year. A major contributor is the Koreans
love for samgyeopsal (grilled bacon strips): "delicious and has the right blend
of fat and protein, fit for the Korean culture of roasting meat".
Even though it is believed that Koreans are the biggest consumers of pork
bellies in the world and the demand for pork has shown a steady rise over recent
years, domestic pig farming has decreased. The pork market in Korea is now
relying heavily on imports from more than 15 nations. According to the Korea
Meat Trade Association, 2006 imports of pork bellies reached an all-time high of
84,000 mt, double the volume from five years ago.
â€œSince 2004, we've advertised other parts of pork on television, radio
and print media under a 'healthy trio' concept," said government officials.
However, other parts of pork are not in demand.
Prices may be going up,
however, demand is not affected and imports are expected continue increasing
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