With meat eating on the increase, livestock producers will have to double their output when the world population hits 9 billion, experts addressing the World Meat Congress said Monday.
The 18th World Meat Congress, "Meat for a Sustainable World," was held in Argentina this week and was attended by 1,100 registrants representing 40 countries.
"The challenge is how to reach sustainable production of 460 million tons (per year) by 2050 when there will be 9 billion souls on earth," said Meat International Permanent Organization Director Arturo Llavallol.
Key to meeting the challenge, he said, was addressing the growing threat to the farming sector posed by "climate change, with its droughts and floods, among other problems."
Beside the rise in world population, meat eating is becoming more popular. The Chinese, for example, now consume four times as much meat as they did 30 years ago -- up to 131 pounds per year from 30.2 pounds, according to the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) figures disclosed at the congress. In some developing countries, meat consumption is as high as 176 pounds per year.
The WFP estimates that world production of beef, pork and lamb needs to double when the current world population of 6 billion increases by 50 percent.
Reprinted in part from AFP.com