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2nd Revision

Introduction

 
Data - Change in Diet
Domestic cereal supply: Food, feed, waste
T_Food_1.gif (9309 bytes) This table was compiled from information available from the FAO's Supply Utilization Accounts (SUAs). It shows for selected countries the percentages of  total domestic cereal supply used for direct human consumption, feeding animals, or was wasted.
In China 72 percent of all cereals available in the country where used for direct human consumption, fed to animals, or wasted. In China, 72% of all cereals available in the country were used for direct human consumption; over 18% were fed to animals; and more than 5% were wasted.
These data clearly indicate that in China much more of the cereal cupply is used for livestock production (especially pigs) than, for instance, in India, where less than 1% of the domestic cereal supply was used for that purpose.

The data also show that developed countries usually spend a much higher percentage of the domestic cereal supply for livestock production than China. Despite the fact that a vegetarian diet is still popular in Japan, this country spends more than 44% of its cereal supply for livestock production  - more than twice as much as China.
Countries such as Germany, Austria,and  the USA use between 60% and 70% of the domestic cereal supply for feeding livestock.
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Revision 2.0 (First revision published in 1999)  - Copyright 2011 by Gerhard K. Heilig. All rights reserved. (First revision: Copyright 1999 by IIASA.)