Canadian pork in the world
The global economy is undergoing a major transformation, with decisive effects on the agriculture and food sectors. The demand for animal products, such as meat, is constantly growing. Worldwide, pork is the most heavily consumed meat, especially in America, Europe and Asia. It accounted for 36.3% of production, followed by poultry (34.4%) and beef (21.2%). Its production went from 20 million tonnes in 1960, to more than 108 million tonnes in 2011.
Canada plays a vital role in this market. In 2011, it exported more than one million tonnes of pork, with a value of $2.9 billion, to more than 80 countries—mainly the United States, Japan, Russia, China and South Korea. This put Canada in fifth place among world exporters. Most of the pork produced in Canada is destined for the export market.