South Korea beef consumption jumped almost 31% in the past four years, which has led to a stronger dependancy on imports of meat in order to cover domestic needs, as Yonhap News Agency reported.
Data from the country's Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries show South Koreans consumed 434,000 tons of beef in 2010, an average of 8.9 kg per capita. This is a significant gain from 6.8 kg of beef consumed per capita in 2006, and represents a rise in terms of income levels which have triggered demand for greater variety in food. In 2008 and 2009 per-capita beef consumption stood at 7.6 kg and 8.1 kg, respectively. Of the total consumed, 189,000 tons were provided by locally raised cattle, with the rest coming from abroad.
Source: Mediareports/Fleischwirtschaft International