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Where's the Beef? Global Livestock Population and Agricultural Production Statistics
07-29-2011, 09:23 AM,
Information  Where's the Beef? Global Livestock Population and Agricultural Production Statistics
Quote:Global livestock counts: Counting chickens
Jul 27th 2011, 14:56 by The Economist online

Where the world's livestock lives

THE world’s average stock of chickens is almost 19 billion, or three per person, according to statistics from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation. Cattle are the next most populous breed of farm animal at 1.4 billion, with sheep and pigs not far behind at around 1 billion. China’s vast appetite helps make it the world leader in the number of chickens, pigs and sheep, whereas beef-loving Brazil and cow-revering India have the greatest number of cattle. Expressed as livestock per person, New Zealand lives up to its reputation as the world’s most productive shepherd, with 7.5 sheep for each New Zealander. It is also the second biggest cattle herdsman, with the equivalent of 2.3 cows per person, second only to Uruguay's 3.7. For chickens, Brunei rules the roost, counting 40 birds for every person.

Here's the UN source data. Too diverse to follow in a timely manner but yeah, goes without saying, but I'll say it anyways, consider the source.

Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations - Statistics

.. oh a bit more digging came up with this, although the data is 4 years old:

FAOSTAT: Food Supply > Livestock and Fish Primary Equivalent

Here is a compiled document including the real numbers.

.xls   UNStatisticalDataWorld FoodSupply1961-2007.xls (Size: 301.62 KB / Downloads: 128)

Seems that food supply (total and per capita) is up at least 25%. World stats from 1961 leads to these results.
* Meat supply is up almost 4 times
* Milk has more than doubled
* Fish and Seafood has nearly quadrupled
* Animal Fats (Lard, Butter) has doubled
* Egg Production has quadrupled
* Offals (intestines et al) have tripled

Per capita (if you trust the UN population estimates as the divisor):
- Protein production is up about 30% per person
- Fat Production is up 60%

Some other interesting stats extracted since 1961:

* Asia is consuming almost three times more fat per capita
* African livestock supply has gone from 13 Million to 64 Million tonnes
* The Americas are pricing three times more fish and meat
* Asian Livestocks are 454 Million up from 64 Million tonnes
* Mexico Stocks have increased 10 times
* Animal fats in the US have dropped off 15% going against the 200% increase worldwide (The Oiling of America?)

A lot of these numbers could be due to more comprehensive statistical monitoring.

Now the dis parity between fat and protein consumption insinuates more factory farming since the animals that stagnate would produce less muscle mass and meat is sold by total weight not by grams of protein so it makes sense commercially.

So what food shortage? Yeah this is only meat products but we're using UN stats, and they have been saying starvation is rampant since their inception. We don't have the recent figures but it seems that we're producing more livestock than ever. Is more food rotting in warehouses or getting disposed of or used some other way?

One thing is crystal clear food prices are rising from some other reason other than supply. Monopolization, imports, inflation, packaging, marketing budgets, taxation, red tape, overhead, overregulation or just simply cartel price fixing like in the energy sector?

Is it because we are eating that much more animal products? Is it because we are not getting proper nutrition? The marketing has increased demand, no doubt.

The UN admit that the data isn't thorough or up to date.

Here's some UN material on Food Prices.

FAO Food Price Indices

The UN initiative is, and always has been, global governance in all of the sectors they are involved in including Banking, Health, Trade, Food and Agriculture, Intellectual Property, Law and Law Enforcement and so on..

Any other good maybe independent sources on this topic for cross referencing? Not just on food production but for food distribution as well?

I'll check out their agriculture numbers soon enough to look into this a bit deeper but at first glance it seems that yield is up, acreage is down (with the exception of oil crops) and seed production has dropped off significantly in the US and Canada (Canadian Cereal crop seed tonnage dropped 90% in one year from 2007 to 2008 - GMO influx?) but has been steady worldwide - according to UN figures.

I'll let the world agricultural production (tonnes) figures speak for themselves.


Compared with US food production:


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08-23-2011, 05:48 AM,
RE: Where's the Beef? Global Livestock Population and Agricultural Production Statistics
Despite this it seems that the latest figures from the FAO pricing index say we are soaring past the previous 2008 record highs in prices.
Quote:Chart of the day: The food price spike is still with us
By Brad Plumer

Remember back in 2008, when oil prices were flying up toward $140 per barrel, and food prices were skyrocketing? The news was full of stories of riots breaking out in Haiti and Bangladesh and Egypt. Then the housing bubble popped, oil prices fizzled and the food stories went away. All clear on the apocalypse front, right? Except, as this chart from FAO shows, the food price index has quietly been sneaking back past 2008 levels over the past year, and shows no signs of abating:

[Image: foodgraph.jpg]

On Tuesday, the World Bank put out a new report explaining recent trends. Relatively high oil prices have been a big contributor, affecting production costs and the price of fertilizer. Lower than expected sugarcane yields in Brazil didn’t help, either. And there’s even a domestic policy angle: U.S. biofuel mandates have led to a surge in demand for maize, which has, in turn, shrunk stocks to low levels, so that even small changes in yield (a drought here, a flood there) can have an outsized effect on food prices.

Might be a good time to reread Lester Brown’s piece in Foreign Policy on the new geopolitics of food: “Until recently, sudden price surges just didn’t matter as much, as they were quickly followed by a return to the relatively low food prices that helped shape the political stability of the late 20th century across much of the globe. But now both the causes and consequences are ominously different.”

Source Data and Links from UN FAO:

Should be noted the FAO data is based on data current to June 2011.

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Also available in Excel Spread Sheet Format.
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