Open Mic Night? What determines credibility in terms of farming and agriculture products you use on your farm? What does 'sustainable' mean to you? These and other questions were the focus of this AgChat conversation with an open mic flavor.
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?