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MILK CONSUMPTION IN POLAND COMPARED TO OTHER COUNTRIES
 
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Instytut Ekonomiki Rolnictwa i Gospodarki Żywnościowej – PIB
Acceptance date: 2014-03-17
Publication date: 2014-03-17
 
Zagadnienia Ekonomiki Rolnej / Problems of Agricultural Economics 2014;338(1):146–158
 
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The frequent comparisons of milk consumption in Poland and other countries and the ensuing opinions often rely on sources that are not always comparable, which leads to wrong conclusions. The article attempts to compare milk consumption in Poland and the selected countries determined by: the balance method based on macro data, with the use of FAO indices or dry mass content in final products and raw milk; on the basis of balances of basic product groups made by Eurostat for the European Union as a whole, and for each country separately; FAO, on the basis of statistical data and own methodology; AMI (Agramarkt Informations-Gesellschaft mbH) on the basis of EUROSTAT data and national statistics. The analysis proves that making international comparisons and assessments and projections it is necessary to be very cautious is using different information sources. Comparison of balance sheet consumption in Poland with average consumption in the European Union and other countries shows that these differences are not as significant as commonly considered and the consumption growth possibilities are limited.
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