Spanish pig population is 3.5 million more than that of humans

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Spain is being forced to consider the environmental impact of its most famous product as figures show there are now more pigs in Spain than people.

A report produced for the Environment ministry has revealed that in 2017, the number of pigs slaughtered for pork products exceeded 50 million, 3.5 million more than the 46.5 million human population of Spain.

The boom in Spain’s livestock farming makes agriculture the fourth-largest producer of carbon emissions, with 10% of the national total. The figure trails transport, electricity generation and industry.

The number of pigs slaughtered in Spain was recorded at about 50 million for the first time, according to a 2017 government report. The figure surpasses the human population of the country, which is currently registering at 46.5 million.

However, Denmark tops Spain overall with about 215 pigs for every 100 residents, Eurostat figures disclosed.

Spain’s total production of pork has grown by 20% in the past five years to reach 4.3 million metric tons. Spain’s annual average personal pork consumption is 21 kilograms, according to the government. Meanwhile, the increase in pork exports specifically addresses China’s demand for the meat.

The boom in Spain’s livestock farming makes agriculture the fourth-largest producer of carbon emissions, with 10% of the national total. The figure trails transport, electricity generation and industry.

However, the Spanish Government pledges to address a potential environmental threat posed by the surge in the meat industry. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has made environment policy a priority since taking office in June, setting up an independent ministry of environment separating it from the previous joint portfolio with agriculture.

The Local, Eurostat, Telesur 

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