Belgian farming

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Things I didn't know about Belgian farming:

* 50% of land in Belgium is used for farming
* 86,500 Belgians work in agriculture
* Belgium is one of the world's major food exporters (10% of national exports)
* 70% of Belgian fruit and vegetables are exported
* Belgium is the world's largest exporter of pears
* In 2008 Belgium slaughtered 11.2 million pigs and 800,000 cows
lamadude says:
Posted on: Nov 19, 2009
lamadude says:

I didn't know any of those things about Belgian farming either, although people always make jokes about how in my province (West-Flanders) there are way more pigs than people :)
Of course, like everywhere in the EU this farming is heavily subsidized by the CAP.

Almost anything made in Belgium will be exported though, it is a very open economy. It's one of the world's biggest importers as well though, since we have very few natural resources (apart from pears ;-)

Nearly all the fruit production is in the Limburg province, most of it in the region called "Haspengouw" it makes for a very cosy landscape filled with fruit trees. You should go there in spring when the millions of apple and pear trees are blossoming.
Posted on: Nov 19, 2009
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