Expo: Rabbit recipes risk disappearing

From 'hunter's' rabbit to 'classics'

26 August, 17:25

    (ANSAmed) - PALERMO, AUGUST 26 - In Italy, raising rabbits for meat is an almost-extinct field, with the number of rabbits bred down by half over the past 25 years, said farmers' association Coldiretti, announcing its decision to sponsor "Rabbit Day".

    The association said that rabbit farmers' profits don't cover the necessary costs in order to guarantee the quality of the Italian product, which has resulted in a drop from 12.3 million rabbits bred in 1990 to 6.5 million in 2015.

    Despite the drop, Italy remains the leading country in Europe for rabbit production and could challenge China as the world's leader, although Venezuela and Bolivia are also contenders.

    Rabbit farming in Italy is part of one of the more established traditions, with a strong presence of family farms.

    The farms that disappeared were very small farms dedicated to home consumption where old recipes were handed down from generation to generation, such as "hunter's rabbit" or "Ischia-style rabbit," many of which are being revived by chefs at Expo.(ANSAmed).

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