Comparative Advantage

Swine Business Future In A Co-opetition World

Cooperation, Competition, and CoopetitionCooperation, Competition, and Coopetition Dr. Rebecca Liu, Management School, Lancaster University, shares thoughts on how competitors can advance together in a co-opetition model. Dr. Liu offers several case studies to help understand the idea that one plus one can be greater than two in a cooperatively competitive swine business world [video].

More Flatulence from the Global Politicizers

     Recent attacks on agriculture, especially meat production have focused on the "input-output" relationship in production.  By this I mean that calculations are being put forward that attempt to measure the output of meat production in terms of its use of water or energy or greenhouse gas producing inputs (and of course outputs, especially cattle flatulence). 

     When they focus on meat, most of the time these "studies" are driving toward implicating the U.S. as a disproportionate producer and consumer of meat and therefore a disproportionate contributor to global warming and a disproportionate user of global energy supplies etc.

Where will Pork be Produced in the Next Ten Years?

     The answer of course is right here in the United States, judging by the massive quantities coming to market this fall and winter.  The deeper question however is, where will the growth in production take place globally that will be needed to feed not only the coming billions of people but the added per capita demand that most of the world's existing pork-eating population is clamoring for as their incomes rise.

     Population and incomes are growing dramatically and expected to continue to grow in countries like China, India and Brazil for instance.  These countries are leading worldwide demanders of commondities primarily stimulated by rapid growth in their economies.  These countries also have a comparative advantage in labor intensive production processes such as agriculture and most manufacturing.     What each of these contenders lack is developed infrastructure to fully exploit their labor advantages.  This is changing but it is a slow process.  Will global pork production gradually fade from North America and Europe and wind up in Brazil, China and countries like Russia?

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