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Infographic | 18-08-2014

On a given day in 2011 in the Netherlands there were 16.7 million people, 1 million sheep, 4 million cows, 12 million pigs and 97 million chickens.

Food challenges in the Netherlands

Compared to their grandparents and great-grandparents, Dutch people today have a much richer and more varied supply of fresh fruits and vegetables at their disposal. Daily portions of meat and dairy have also increased substantially. Food is relatively cheap in the Netherlands. So far, so good. The improved food supply has some disadvantages, too. For example, people are contracting more food-related illnesses. The improved food supply also has environmental consequences. A third disadvantage concerns animal diseases and the use of antibiotics. Finally, there is growing opposition to intensive livestock farming, on the basis of animal rights.

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