Meat is Uruguay

for IL magazine / Il Sole 24 Ore

reportage photography

Uruguay is one of the largest meat producers in the world. Their cattle are raised in the open, under natural conditions with a mild climate, fertile land and abundance of water generated in its many rivers and streams, ensuring the welfare of animals. Almost 100 000 people share the environment with animals. In addition to livestock producers and meat processing industry, this area of work to many people. Uruguay is the second country in the world in beef consumption per person, with 53 kilos per person per year. Produces about 600 000 tonnes of beef a year, 150 thousand for domestic consumption and 450 000 are going to the world. The meat goes to over 80 countries and represents a quarter of merchandise exports from Uruguay.