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.
Beef survives a scandal
Chicken consumption takes flight