Data of Japanese Food

According to the brochure issued by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan, the food self-sufficiency ratio of Japan is 40%, while other developed countries' ratio is much higher. U.K. is 74%, Germany is 91%, France is 130%, U.S. is 119% and Australia is 230%. (as of 2005 when the brochure was published. )

One of the reasons is because our diet has been changed and westernized. In 1960, the ratio of animal products ( meats ) was just 3.7%, but in 2003, it was 15.4%. The lipids ratio was 4.6% in 1960. In 2003, it became 14.6%. It is interesting to see the fact like this. I don't mean to come to any conclusion here. It just feels important to realize the fact and think about these issues for our health, environment, future etc...

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