increased meat consumption

More people have more money.

Global production of meat is currently around 260 million tons and will increase 21% by 2015. Two thirds of the growth is expected to be in China, according to market research bureau Gira. [news clip]

Big winners of the increased consumption are poultry and pork.

Poultry production will grow 25%, an additional 24 million tons by 2015 reaching a total of 105 million tons.

World population will eat 125 million tons of pork in 2015, over 21 million tons above 2005 (+10%).

Beef will increase 13% (8 million tons) to a total of 70 million tons in 2015.