Thais turn to crocodile meat amid rapidly rising pork prices

Demand for crocodile meat is surging in Thailand as the price of pork continues to rise. The reason is a supply shortage of pork caused by the spread of African swine fever in the country, broadcaster Thai BPS cited the president of the Thai Crocodile Farmer Association, Yosapong Temsiripong, as saying in a recent report.

Thailand has been facing a pork shortage since the second quarter of 2021 as at least 159,000 of farmed pigs had to be culled between March and October last year. This caused a sharp rise in the price of pork and resulted in Thais turning to crocodile meat, which is more affordable due to an export ban in place during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Pork three times more expensive than crocodile meat

Pork meat, a staple of Thai food, currently sells for around 250 baht ($7.6) per kilo, over three times more than crocodile meat, whose price has remained lower despite the surge in demand.

That said, crocodile breeders in Thailand are currently making the most of the surge in demand for pork alternatives With the significant increase in demand for the meat, the number of crocodiles being slaughtered per month has nearly doubled to 20,000 and orders from large retailers have also increased, which has helped crocodile farmers affected by the pandemic.

But the farmers are aware that the strong business it is not likely to last despite the nutritional value of the meat, which is lower in fat and rich in protein, due to Thai people’s preference for pork dishes.

Popular food in many regions

Still, while crocodile meat might not cater to anyone’s tastes, is has long been part of the menu not only in Southeast Asia, but also in the southern USA, Central America, Africa and Australia.

Nutritionists claim that crocodile meat has a lot of health benefits and has even been dubbed a “superfood.” It is seen to help in weight loss because crocodile meat has more lean muscle tissue and much higher content of lower saturated fat which makes it a good substitute for beef, lamb and pork for somebody on a diet.

High calcium and protein content

Crocodile meat also contains a high level of protein – higher than that found in chicken –, which is essential for muscle building and repair. It also contains a higher level of calcium than beef and can help prevent loss of bone mass.

In Chinese medicine, crocodile meat is mixed with herbs such as ginseng to cure asthma and other respiratory problems. The meat is also believed to be able to delay the onset of aging and skin wrinkles due to its high protein content, which is why it is the meat of choice for many older people in China.

 

 



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Demand for crocodile meat is surging in Thailand as the price of pork continues to rise. The reason is a supply shortage of pork caused by the spread of African swine fever in the country, broadcaster Thai BPS cited the president of the Thai Crocodile Farmer Association, Yosapong Temsiripong, as saying in a recent report. Thailand has been facing a pork shortage since the second quarter of 2021 as at least 159,000 of farmed pigs had to be culled between March and October last year. This caused a sharp rise in the price of pork and resulted in Thais turning...

Demand for crocodile meat is surging in Thailand as the price of pork continues to rise. The reason is a supply shortage of pork caused by the spread of African swine fever in the country, broadcaster Thai BPS cited the president of the Thai Crocodile Farmer Association, Yosapong Temsiripong, as saying in a recent report.

Thailand has been facing a pork shortage since the second quarter of 2021 as at least 159,000 of farmed pigs had to be culled between March and October last year. This caused a sharp rise in the price of pork and resulted in Thais turning to crocodile meat, which is more affordable due to an export ban in place during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Pork three times more expensive than crocodile meat

Pork meat, a staple of Thai food, currently sells for around 250 baht ($7.6) per kilo, over three times more than crocodile meat, whose price has remained lower despite the surge in demand.

That said, crocodile breeders in Thailand are currently making the most of the surge in demand for pork alternatives With the significant increase in demand for the meat, the number of crocodiles being slaughtered per month has nearly doubled to 20,000 and orders from large retailers have also increased, which has helped crocodile farmers affected by the pandemic.

But the farmers are aware that the strong business it is not likely to last despite the nutritional value of the meat, which is lower in fat and rich in protein, due to Thai people’s preference for pork dishes.

Popular food in many regions

Still, while crocodile meat might not cater to anyone’s tastes, is has long been part of the menu not only in Southeast Asia, but also in the southern USA, Central America, Africa and Australia.

Nutritionists claim that crocodile meat has a lot of health benefits and has even been dubbed a “superfood.” It is seen to help in weight loss because crocodile meat has more lean muscle tissue and much higher content of lower saturated fat which makes it a good substitute for beef, lamb and pork for somebody on a diet.

High calcium and protein content

Crocodile meat also contains a high level of protein – higher than that found in chicken –, which is essential for muscle building and repair. It also contains a higher level of calcium than beef and can help prevent loss of bone mass.

In Chinese medicine, crocodile meat is mixed with herbs such as ginseng to cure asthma and other respiratory problems. The meat is also believed to be able to delay the onset of aging and skin wrinkles due to its high protein content, which is why it is the meat of choice for many older people in China.

 

 



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