Growth in meat consumption is set to be driven by the Middle East, Far East, Africa and South America.
Between 2000 and 2015, beef consumption is projected to grow by 45pc in Africa; 46pc in Brazil; 20pc in Russia and 7pc in China. US consumption is forecast to fall by 8pc and consumption in the EU by 1pc.
Beef producers in Brazil and India have benefited most during the past decade. Beef exports from India increased almost three-fold, while Brazil saw its beef exports double.
Intensive route can cut carbon
Intensive beef production systems result in lower carbon emissions, an ASA conference heard.
According to Thad Lively of the US Meat Export Federation, extensive beef production systems have emissions of 20kg carbon dioxide equivalent per kilo of beef carcass.
The equivalent figure for intensive grazing systems is 14kg and 12kg for intensive grazing with feedlot finishing.
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