Asia's demand for pork is overtaking the supply of hogs needed to produce it. To make matters worse, each solution carries a heavy price. If demand is allowed to outrun supply, prices skyrocket, as they have in China this year. On the other hand, allowing in imported pork can have a devastating effect on domestic hog production. Creating a domestic, supply side solution to insufficient pork supplies requires intelligent cooperation between the private hog producers and government policymakers. We survey what three Asian countries are doing to increase their supplies of scarce swine.
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