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Where to Find Meat

The ASF outbreak has brought much attention to the world’s tenuous supply of animal protein. China is the largest producer of pork in the world but produces less chicken meat than Ukraine and is far behind other major producers on a per capita basis. It produces half as much beef as the U.S. and 40 percent less than Brazil.  Argentina’s pork production has been expanding, but from a very small base. Brazil’s expanded production in all three major proteins has been steady, though not overwhelming. Its compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the past 10 years has been 1.8 percent per year. China’s total meat production began falling long before African swine fever. Its CAGR for the three major animal proteins sinc...

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