In the next 20 years livestock production will become more important, driven by consumer demand for improved diets and nutrition. That's the word from two separate studies done by the International Food Policy Research Institute and the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.

The CAST report shows that by 2020 global meat demand will increase by 60 percent from current levels. The driving force is believed to be that there are, and will continue to be, more people with higher levels of income than at any previous time in history. According to the Research Institute's report, improving their diets is the first thing consumers in developing countries spend new wages on.

The greatest meat, milk and egg demand will come from developing countries, where the rate of meat production has increased 5.4 percent per year. By 2020 developing countries will produce 60 percent of the world's meat and 52 percent of the world's milk.
You can view the Research Institute's study at

The 92-page report, "Animal Agriculture and Global Food Supply," is available for $30 from CAST. (Please add $3 for shipping in the United States or Canada; $4 for other countries; $10 for air mail.)

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