Almost 60 percent! Germans feel the price madness most violently with steak

Price increase of almost 60 percent: the green resignation becomes superfluous: this is how inflation weans meat

The Greens are now calling for a meat ban again. But inflation is also making itself felt at the meat counter. In view of rising prices, the entire meat consumption in Germany is already falling.

The Greens want less meat production in Germany. Due to the looming hunger crisis in poor countries as a result of the war in Ukraine, meat production in Germany must be reduced, according to Green Party politician Anton Hofreiter. “We just have to reduce the number of animals. At the latest in such an emergency, which we are currently in, we need a larger proportion of the land directly for human consumption,” Hofreiter said in an interview with “”.

The background to the green demand is that, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, only 20 percent of the grain grown in Germany is used for human consumption and 58 percent ends up in pig and cattle feeders. So less meat means more grain to export to countries in need. But in view of inflation, Hofreiter and the Greens do not have to take further action.

Meat consumption is currently falling rapidly

Eight percent inflation? With steak it’s almost 60 percent! In the Lidl discount store, the beef steak was 16.99 euros per kilo, now 26.99 euros. That’s a 59 percent premium. The rib-eye steak is now available for a whopping 30.99 instead of 19.99 per kilo, 55 percent more expensive. The beef fillet is currently only available from 45.99 euros. And organic beef was unaffordable for most people before and is even more so today.

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Total meat consumption in Germany is falling due to high prices. Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft (AMI) confirmed to FOCUS Online: In the first quarter of 2022 there were ten percent fewer pigs slaughtered than in the previous year and 14 percent fewer cattle went through the butcher’s knife.

Meat prices skyrocket

The declining figures are also confirmed by the Society for Consumer Research. In its current consumption index, GfK records a significant decline in German meat consumption for April 2022: “In the fresh sector, meat, sausage and poultry are recording significant volume losses: red meat has the drop steepest at almost minus 13 percent compared to the same month last year, followed by poultry at minus twelve and sausage at minus seven percent Although volumes are falling significantly, significantly higher prices prevent a similar drop in sales.

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According to GfK, the average price of a kilo of red meat rose by more than 12 percent, pork by almost 8 percent, beef by 15 percent and mixed beef and pork by almost 29 percent. The picture is similar for poultry: chickens are 10 percent more expensive and turkey even 17 percent more expensive. And these are just average prices. Beef goulash and beef for soup may show a minor price increase, for steak it’s gigantic.

Demand also falls for organic products

The Germans are also cutting corners when it comes to animal welfare. The Bund Ökologische Lebensmittelwirtschaft reports a drop in the organic share in meat: Last year it was around 2.6 percent for organic poultry and 3.6 percent for red meat (pork, beef, lamb, sheep). and veal).

Overall, organic shops and organic supermarkets sold significantly less produce in the first three months of this year than in the same period last year, Bundesverband Naturkost Naturwaren reported. On average, daily sales were nearly 10 percent lower in January and more than 18 percent lower in March. Price increases for organic meat are also responsible for this. The trend in organic wholesale is similar. However, exact figures for organic meat rejected are not yet available.

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