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December 28, 2017

Beef, poultry, and pork farmers were poised to have a great 2017. Chinese demand was driving global pork exports while global poultry production was set to increase despite a decline in Chinese consumption. US beef exports were expected to rise as Australia looked to rebuild its herd. Then a corruption scandal in Brazil early in 2017 darkened the rosy outlook. Brazilian beef and chicken exports suffered severe and immediate consequences.

But by the end of 2017, the problems are a distant memory for global meat exporters. Meat production and consumption increased this year. This trend is expected to continue in 2018, but meat’s environmental impact may be a long-term concern for global production.

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Beef survives a scandal
Chicken consumption takes flight
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