By Sarah Flanders The Globe and Mail/ReutersThe United States is the world’s biggest exporter of crops and animal feed.
And that’s changing.
The growing international demand for meat and meat products has created a new and fast-growing market for American agribusiness and the agriculture industry.
The global agricultural sector has grown about 10 per cent annually since 2000, according to a report released this week by the World Resources Institute.
That’s according to data from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
It’s the fastest growth of all the global industries, the report said.
“The demand for livestock is skyrocketing,” said the FAO’s director-general, Joao Goulart.
“It’s a growth industry.”
In recent years, US pork production has skyrocketed from about 10 million tonnes in 2010 to more than 24 million tonnes this year.
And US meat production is growing more quickly than that of any other country.
The report says US meat output is now growing faster than that in Brazil, China and India, with a bigger share of that growth coming from Mexico.
“What we’re seeing is the U.S. is really taking advantage of what is going on in the rest of the world,” said Dr. David DeSantis, an associate professor of agroecology at Purdue University.
“If you look at China, it is really using a lot of agribosystems.”
Agricultural companies have grown fast in recent years.
They’re now worth about $14 trillion, or about 25 per cent of all global economic output.
The agribotonic industry is one of the fastest-growing in the world.
In the United States, it accounts for almost a quarter of the total value of agricultural exports.
And as the industry has grown, so has the US meat industry, according the FAOS report.
It’s the largest agricultural sector in the US.
It employs some 2.3 million people, and about 10 percent of the jobs in the United State are in the agribattle industry.
But that growth is creating some challenges for American farmers.
The US is a big meat producer, and the meat industry employs millions of people.
US farmers are also competing with China for some of the best meat on the planet.
The meat industry has seen a big surge in exports over the last five years.
Between 2010 and 2016, US exports grew by more than 40 per cent.
And those exports are projected to double again this year, the FAOD report said, as the meat and pork industries compete for the same global markets.
But the US is not the only country that is exporting more meat to the world than it can feed.
China is the largest exporter in the developing world, with about $3 trillion worth of meat exported to the developing countries, including $500 billion to Brazil.
Brazil has a huge meat export market.
Its soybean farmers produce almost 60 per cent, or $4.7 billion, of its export.
And its pork farmers are responsible for another 60 per “potentially exportable” tonnes, or 3 per cent — and China’s pork exports are up nearly 60 per per cent in the same period.
But Brazil and China are two countries that don’t have an agribustrophic agriculture policy, meaning they don’t require their farmers to feed animals or grow crops to feed them.
So they’re growing their own meat, which is not in the FAOs report.
That means they’re exporting more animal feed than they can feed their people.
The FAOS says Brazil’s pork export industry has also grown.
In 2017, Brazil’s export of pork was worth more than $2 billion, or 20 per cent more than the year before.
Brazil’s pork, which it exports for international consumption, has been one of those growth drivers, said David Kwan, an expert on global agribots at the University of Pennsylvania.
It’s also grown fast because Brazil is now exporting more soybeans to China than it is to the United Kingdom.
But it’s not just meat that’s getting a boost.US soybean exports have grown by more.
In 2019, the US soybean industry exported more than twice as much soybeans as it did in 2018.
But US soybeans are still far behind other countries in terms of global demand, the World Bank report said in its conclusion.
The growth of the agro-industrial sector in America has also been fuelled by the country’s embrace of renewable energy, like wind and solar power.
In 2016, the number of US households that could be powered by wind and sun grew by almost 30 per cent compared with 2015.
And the number that could use solar electricity has grown nearly five times as fast as the number for wind and biomass.
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