More meat eaters will require doubling of world livestock
By 2050, livestock farmers will need to raise twice as much livestock to feed a world population of 9 billion.
Mon, Sep 27, 2010 at 07:37 PM
RAISING BEEF: A man prepares for a livestock fair in Rennes, France. (Photo: ZUMA Press)
With meat eating on the increase, livestock producers will have to double their output when the world population hits 9 billion, experts attending the World Meat Congress said Monday in Buenos Aires.
"The challenge is how to reach sustainable production of 460 million tons (per year) by 2050, when there will be 9 billion souls" on earth, Meat International Permanent Organization director and one of the event organizers Arturo Llavallol told AFP.
Key to meeting the challenge, he said, was addressing the growing threat to the farming sector posed by "climate change, with its droughts and floods, among other problems."
Besides the rise in world population, meat eating is becoming more popular. The Chinese, for example, now consume four times as much meat than 30 years ago -- up to 59.5 kilograms (131 pounds) per year from 13.7 kilograms (30.2 pounds), according to the UN World Food Programme figures disclosed at the congress.
In some developing countries meat consumption is as high as 80 kilograms (176 pounds) per year, it added.
The WFP estimates that world production of beef, pork and lamb needs to double when the current world population of 6 billion increases by 50 percent.
"There's no other choice but to take care of our planet and stop its deterioration," said Llavallol.
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