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FAO: global chicken production has doubled in just two decades

Preliminary data that have just been released by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) indicate that meat production for the current year should be 55% up on 20 years ago, which means an increase from 205 million tons in 1995 to about 319 million tons in 2015.

Of the nearly 114 million tons extra, more than half (51.10%) is chicken meat, whose production more than doubled in those two decades, up by close to 108%.

This, of course, has significantly changed the mix for the four meats analyzed by the FAO in global production. In short, only chicken has gained ground, its share increasing from 26.31% to 35.79% - a 36% increase.

Twenty years ago, chicken accounted for just over 65% of pork's output. In 2015, if the FAO's forecasts are right, it will be over 94%.

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