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Can you name the countries that export the most of each animal product?
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Mar 12th, 2010 at 08:04 GMT
i second zeller's statement. fix that and you're golden.
Mar 12th, 2010 at 08:12 GMT
Right, I'm golden. Albeit with a tinge of red.
Jun 3rd, 2010 at 20:16 GMT
Woooah! Landlocked Switzerland has almost got the export of pearls sewn up - who'd've guessed?
Jan 19th, 2011 at 10:05 GMT
Does anyone know why the top exporters for most of these products are developed/industrialized countries? Is it to do with the export percentage of domestic production, or value added, or what?
Jan 19th, 2011 at 10:52 GMT
@indianwolf1992: I think it's a combination of factors. Climate - most of these animals thrive in a temperate climate, and the temperate climate belts happen to be largely occupied by developed countries. Tradition - partly because we associate the products from some countries with quality, such as Chinese silk and Danish fur, and partly because it means that the infrastructure to support the production is in place. The heavily industrialized agriculture of the developed countries, which means that the production cost per unit is low. Trade barriers - which means that for instance in the EU, products from non-EU countries are imposed with tariffs, while products from within the EU are not, which of course encourages consumption of EU-made products. And export subsidies - which mean, for instance, that in some developing countries powdered milk produced in the EU is cheaper than locally produced milk.
Jan 19th, 2011 at 15:47 GMT
Ah, thanks egernunge, it's making sense to me now. I forgot about the nature of these meats... I guess it would be different for camel and buffalo meat! But I think the subsidies probably play the biggest part, I did some research and found out that developed country farmers are getting subsidies greater than the cost of production! Ouch...that's got to be putting a lot of third world farmers out of business?
Jan 19th, 2011 at 15:53 GMT
How could I not guess Hungary?
Jan 19th, 2011 at 19:12 GMT
99! SO CLOSE!!!!! The only one I missed was the least guessed one. ;(. So annoyed with myself. Great quiz though, well done. Great idea. But is Meat the best title considering most of the things on the list are byproducts aside from meat?
Jan 19th, 2011 at 20:07 GMT
Don't forget about Poland.
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Jan 20th, 2011 at 00:41 GMT
lol im a vegitarion taking this quiz i will now bowcot these countries
Jan 20th, 2011 at 01:46 GMT
Can't believe Saudi Arabia's not on the pork list
Jan 20th, 2011 at 02:01 GMT
Vegan vitriol in 3...2...1...
Jan 20th, 2011 at 02:03 GMT
Does anyone else think "mollusc" looks really weird plural? All those s's and c's...
Jan 20th, 2011 at 04:03 GMT
no sweden for fish, i love those
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Jan 20th, 2011 at 14:54 GMT
I can't believe the Netherlands produces more beef than the US! The USA is 235 times the size of the Netherlands. I presume it must include farms owned by Dutch companies overseas.
Jan 20th, 2011 at 16:28 GMT
Gotta admit, i typed in "Kyrgyzstan" first. Damn...
Jan 20th, 2011 at 18:32 GMT
@indianwolf1992... Actually it's not that simple. If agriculture subsidies in developed countries were elimanted, imports from developing countries where these goods can be produced for cheaper would rise drastically. Increased demand will hike prices up so people in those countries would no longer be able to afford to buy locally produced food since foreign importers would be willing to spend more on the same products.
Jan 21st, 2011 at 18:04 GMT
@joebobs: Well, the quiz doesn't actually tell who produces the most, but who exports the most. I'm quite sure the US produces more beef than the Netherlands, but of course there is a bigger market inside the USA.
Jan 22nd, 2011 at 03:37 GMT
Kazakhstan has more sheep than the rest of the world combined. How did it not rank on mutton or wool?
Jan 22nd, 2011 at 05:55 GMT
I think a lot of the EU countries are in here also because if you grow beef in the Netherlands and then sell it in Germany, that's an export. By contrast if you grow beef in Kansas and then sell it in New York it's not an export. I drove around Belgium and the Netherlands recently and they do have some humongous cattle there.
Jan 22nd, 2011 at 09:23 GMT
@alsanali - we have that exact problem in NZ (yes, dairy queens that we are), farmers don't get subsidies and we are exporting so much butter, milk and cream that it is more expensive in our shops than in the countries we export to!
Jan 22nd, 2011 at 15:04 GMT
Jan 22nd, 2011 at 22:11 GMT
100% and I'm vegan...
Jan 23rd, 2011 at 16:09 GMT
'If we're not supposed to eat animals, why are they made of meat?'
Jan 24th, 2011 at 08:47 GMT
@ Njaul: Oops, I should have read that a bit closer. :p Still, I'm surprised that export and total produce aren't as closely connected.
Jan 24th, 2011 at 20:16 GMT
Jan 30th, 2011 at 00:23 GMT
enjoyed that! for the 2nd time in a week, I've managed to do it with a second to spare, and both times it has been Taiwan I've got last!!!
Feb 8th, 2011 at 22:32 GMT
@dxdtdemon: Well, if Kazakhstan exported more mutton and wool, it would have fewer sheep.
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May 25th, 2011 at 04:08 GMT
Anyone surprised by a country more than Switzerland being a top pearl producer? Wouldn't think they have much in the way of oysters for pearls, at least I wouldn't.
May 25th, 2011 at 04:32 GMT
I see that New Zealanders are very fond of their meat and dairy products. Less than .1% of the world's population but still number 1 in so many categories.
May 25th, 2011 at 04:35 GMT
Some interesting surprises here. Ditto on Switzerland and the pearls. Fur from Greece was a surprise too.
May 25th, 2011 at 04:37 GMT
Dang! Always forget Thailand! Anyway, did I miss something? What are the numbers for? Million kilos annually? Pounds. Tons? Tonnes? Dollar-equivalents? Just curious.
May 25th, 2011 at 04:39 GMT
i LOLed when i typed in UK expecting a bunch to pop up and all i saw was "mutton"
May 25th, 2011 at 05:17 GMT
@Austerlitz I think that the small population is exactly why New Zealand and others come up so big in this quiz. Because this quiz is about EXPORTS, and not total production, it skews the figures. For example, the total GDP value of US beef exports was only 2.8 billion (USDA), but this was just 7 percent of the total beef produced in the US. Australia, on the other hand, exports over half of its beef, (4.18 out of a possible 7.46 billion). (NFF)
May 25th, 2011 at 05:49 GMT
great quiz, but i have to say, im having serious concerns for that 0.1% that got "usa" under pork, pearls, fish, feathers, and raw hides, but not under eggs, poultry, or beef :/
May 25th, 2011 at 06:31 GMT
Could've used slightly more time to properly think about the last few rather than just guessing random countries.
May 25th, 2011 at 06:32 GMT
I'm surprised the Netherlands is in the top 5 in so many categories (eight in fact)! Pretty impressive for a country with a population of 16.5 million.
May 25th, 2011 at 07:27 GMT
being Swiss myself I was surprised about the oysters as well... I guess we just have many oyster farms :-) I just typed it in because of the cheese...
May 25th, 2011 at 09:19 GMT
@Bobman1: Look at the instructions at the top. The numbers are the worth of the exports in billions of U.S. dollars. I'm curious to know if these have changed a lot since 2008. Anyway, good quiz. I would have thought there would have been some funny bonus answers though, like Kyrgyzstan.
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