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September 28, 2010
More meat eaters will require doubling of world livestock

BUENOS AIRES - With meat eating on the increase, livestock producers will have to double their output when the world population hits nine 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 nine 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."

Beside 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 per year from 13.7 kilograms, according to the UN World Food Programme figures disclosed at the congress.

In some developing countries meat consumption is as high as 80 kilograms per year, it added.

The WFP estimates that world production of beef, pork and lamb needs to double when the current world population of 6.0 billion increases by 50 per cent.

"There's no other choice but to take care of our planet and stop its deterioration," said Llavallol.


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