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Beefing up the Falklands

From Hansard:

"Mr. Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to which countries beef reared in the UK may be exported; and how much was exported to each such country in each of the last 10 years".

Jane Kennedy (blah blah blah - and then a table)".

And the table shows that our leading export market by value is the Republic of Ireland at £75.9 m, with only the Dutch, French, Italians and Belgians buying £10m or more. Elsewhere we discover that in 2008 the good people of Stanley and the Camp bought more than the US of A, at £382,000 to £314,000 respectively. As such, even very rusty O level maths makes me confident that the Falklands must be our richest export market by head of population. So, maybe lamb / mutton is no longer the 365 of legend. However, given that exports to Afghanistan have increased 25 fold since 2002, perhaps it is the military, diplomats and spooks doing all the eating. Lucky them.

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