Filipinos now eat an average of 1,065 kg of beef and 1,090 kg of pork per person per year, according a new report by the International Center for Science in the Human Environment.
The report, released Wednesday, comes amid a rise in pork consumption in the Philippines and growing interest in pork as a new and healthier alternative to beef.
The number of Filipinos eating meat has risen steadily since 2008, with the number of Filipino adults eating meat increasing from 2.1 million in 2006 to 3.6 million in 2016.
This number is still lower than the average consumption of 2,854 kg per person in Japan, which is 2.6 times greater than Filipinos.
Pork consumption is up in recent years, rising from 1.6 kg in 2016 to 1.9 kg in 2020.
However, it still remains the least-consumed meat, behind chicken, fish and eggs.
“Pork is not the mainstay of Filipinas diets, but it is certainly becoming a staple,” said Lidia Gonzalez, a spokesperson for the Center for International Trade and Development, which compiled the report.
“The Philippines has always had a rich and diverse meat-eating culture, but the number and quality of food items have increased.”
The Center for Global Development, a Washington-based think tank, also reported that the number for beef has fallen by more than 30% in the last five years.
The country has one of the world’s lowest pork consumption rates.
The pork consumption rate in the United States rose in 2016 from an average consumption rate of 1.2 kg per capita to 2.7 kg.
The Philippines is one of a handful of nations that does not allow the consumption of pork on official menus, such as the U.S. In the Philippines, the U,S.
and Mexico have strict rules on the amount of pork that can be consumed.
In Mexico, for example, pork is forbidden to be served on the side dishes of Mexican restaurants, while the U-S.
does not restrict the consumption or preparation of pork.
But Mexico has also loosened its restrictions on pork consumption, with pork being served on hamburgers and other items in restaurants.
The U.K. and Canada, meanwhile, do not allow pork consumption at all, but they do allow some products such as hot dogs.
“Our consumption of meat is not as high as in the U of A,” said Dr. Francisco Mares, president of the Center For Global Development.
“We don’t eat meat as much as in China or in India, but we do consume pork in some cases.”
A 2016 U.N. report found that pork consumption is increasing in Asia and South America, with a rise of nearly 10% per year in South Korea, 10% in Indonesia, 6% in Thailand and 3% in Vietnam.
The United States, Mexico and Canada all consume more pork than China and India.
“This increase in pork use is a direct result of a rising number of Americans who are increasingly interested in meat-based foods,” said Carlos Diaz, a spokesman for the Uptake Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes sustainable agriculture and food security.
“People in the Western world are more concerned with protein than health and are taking an increasingly more environmentally conscious stance.”
The Uptage Foundation has teamed up with a number of other organizations to promote vegetarianism in the developing world, including the National Vegetarian Federation of America.
In 2017, the foundation announced a partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme to increase awareness of the environmental impacts of animal agriculture and raise funds to support environmental education.
But for the past decade, the Center has been advocating for greater awareness of animal welfare and sustainable food production in the developed world.
“More and more countries are taking action to support and promote vegetarian, vegan, and non-meat diets and are leading the way in establishing policies and laws that help mitigate the environmental, health and social impacts of meat production and consumption,” Gonzalez said.
“It’s a matter of time before more countries follow our lead.”