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  • American broilers: A cushy domestic market followed by an export recovery
  • • Despite a high US dollar, the loss of Russian, Chinese and South Korean market plus a bird flu epidemic, unexpectedly strong domestic consumption, high prices boosted output strongly over the past two years • China, which once bought hundreds of thousands of tonnes of US chicken annually, is being taken to the WTO, as America alleges its import barriers are illegal under international law • Lower chicken prices, slower growth in the domestic market looks to be counterbalanced by a pickup in exports over the next year
  • Managing hog manure's impact on Chinese agribusiness and human health
  • • For China, hog manure management is closely tied to both hog and human health • China's lakes and rivers are more contaminated by livestock waste than industry chemicals. Hog feces are the single largest source of chemical and heavy metal contamination • Hog waste puts toxic metals in food, water and soil, transmits antibiotic resistance to human pathogens, and other protein lines, particularly aquaculture • Inadequate hog waste management puts a strain on both livestock and human health • Strict new environmental laws, swine sector consolidation and the growth of waste treatment cooperatives promise will get China's hog waste problem under control
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