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Nutrition Report 2018 - Regional products and better animal husbandry required

Nutrition Report 2018 - Regional products and better animal husbandry required


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Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture interviews Germans about their eating habits

According to the current nutritional report, a proud 90 percent of Germans are willing to pay more money for products if better conditions in animal husbandry are made possible. Four out of five consumers are in favor of a state label for animal welfare. 78 percent of consumers (78%) stated that they preferred food from the region when shopping. The 2018 nutrition report was recently presented in Berlin.

"We have to firmly anchor nutrition education in the timetable - preferably as a separate school subject" - with these words Christian Schmidt, Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, starts the 2018 Nutrition Report. The report of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) refers to a survey of the opinion research institute forsa that was commissioned for this purpose. 1,000 German citizens aged 14 and over were asked about their eating and shopping habits. The most important results are summarized in the 2018 Nutrition Report in 11 categories.

More money for better animal husbandry

In summary, 90 percent of the people surveyed showed a willingness to spend more money on animal products if the animals were kept better than required by law. Only a very small percentage of two percent does not want to spend more money on animal welfare. Most consumers (52 percent) would be willing to pay a surcharge of 20 to 50 percent for the better housing conditions. 23 percent are even willing to accept a surcharge of 50 to 100 percent.

It has to taste good

99 percent of those surveyed agreed that the food had to taste good. Health followed closely. Here 92 percent believe that the food should be healthy. The older the respondents, the more priority is given to healthy eating. When preparing the food, more than half (54 percent) of the city dwellers attach great importance to the fact that the food can be prepared quickly, whereas only 40 percent of people in small towns play a role in this.

Daily eating and drinking habits in Germany

The frontrunners here are fruit and vegetables. Almost three quarters (72 percent) of the survey participants treat themselves to fruit and vegetables every day. Dairy products are also very popular. Cheese, yogurt and curd cheese are on the daily menu for 65 percent of those surveyed. 40 percent drink fresh milk, buttermilk or whey every day. Almost one in three (30 percent) have meat and sausages on their plates every day. Among the thirst quenchers, good old water is in first place with 91 percent, closely followed by classic hot drinks such as coffee or tea with 84 percent. Cola, lemonade, juices and other soft drinks only get into the glass at 24 percent a day.

How and where do we shop?

78 percent of those questioned attach great importance to the fact that the food comes from their region. Where women with 85 percent share more emphasis on regionality than men with 70 percent. Here it was shown that this factor becomes more important with increasing age. Another trend is the appreciation of seals. 41 percent stated that they pay attention to this when shopping. Spontaneous inspiration in the store is also a purchase criterion for 55 percent of consumers.

What do the Germans want to know about their products?

Over three quarters (79 percent) find information about ingredients and additives about the origin of the goods as well as warnings important. The best-before date is also observed at 73 percent. Many people also want information that is not required by law. In the case of meat or animal products, 85 percent of the participants would like to have more precise information about the keeping conditions. 79 percent even want a state animal welfare label. The respondents are also interested in more than 80 percent each of the issues of fairness in production, environmental compatibility and whether a product was produced without genetic engineering.

The internet is on the rise

About two thirds (69 percent) use the information at the place of purchase, but with increasing tendency 42 percent of the respondents state that they research online about food. This is particularly noticeable among the younger participants. 31 percent of those under the age of 30 use social media to gather information, whereas only four percent of those over the age of 60 do so. A total of 91 percent believe that children should learn the basics of good nutrition at school.

Cooking is fun - but not every day

Three quarters (73 percent) of the survey participants enjoy regular cooking. 54 percent of the female participants cook every day. It's only 31 percent for men. Almost half of the people (43 percent) prefer meals outside the home. The lunch box or lunch box remains the classic among the employed. At work, 56 percent eat what they have brought with them from home. Only 19 percent of the workforce take advantage of a canteen. The prices for the lunch table rose on average from 6.20 euros to 7.30 euros.

Consumers take responsibility for food waste

86 percent of those surveyed want to reduce food waste. 63 percent are already buying more consciously and more than half of them say that they try to recycle food waste so that waste is reduced and resources are not wasted. (fp)

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