WATT PoultryUSA - January 2018 - 17
Global poultry production in 2017 and 2027
Million metric tons
Source: Paul Aho
Consumption of chicken meat is projected to increase in the near term.
proteins. In the next 10 years, Aho said, the U.S. will
retain its place as the world's leading chicken producer,
followed by Brazil, China and the European Union.
The U.S. market is already saturated, so the path to
continued growth lies in exports, Aho said. Between
2017 and 2027, production will likely grow by 1 percent - to 20 million metric tons from 19 million metric
tons - and exports will grow by 0.5 percent - to 3.6
million metric tons from 3.1 million metric tons. Most
of the country's exports will be in the form of leg and
thigh meat. Mexico represents a quarter of the U.S. export market and possible trade policy changes could
affect its future viability.
the Earth, endless growth is not possible, Aho said.
Therefore, grain production will be a limiting factor
for all animal agriculture.
Fortunately for the industry, poultry is more
sustainable than competing animal proteins be-
Optimism or alarmism?
The further future of the global poultry industry
will depend heavily on the sustainability of agriculture. In a system with limited resources, like
Paul Aho | Benjamín Ruiz
IN THE NEXT 10 years, the U.S. will retain its place
as the world's leading chicken producer, followed
by Brazil, China and the European Union.
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