The types of meat that we eat vary, depending on where and how we live-for example, whether domestic beef production is substantial, as in East Africa, or whether there are religious prohibitions, such as those against eating pork in the Middle East and North Africa. Also, higher incomes could lead to more beef imports, as in Southeast Asia.
Worldwide, poultry consumption is expected to increase the most, as consumers show their preference for lean, easy-to-cook and relatively inexpensive meat. In fact, poultry will account for almost half of the projected increase in meat consumption outside the OECD area, and will record sharp gains within OECD countries too as consumers try to trim both spending and waistlines. Rory J. Clarke, Marilyn Achiron
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