Bayer Satellite Symposium at IPVS
Continued population growth, shrinking
areas of land available for agriculture and changed eating habits -
what effects will these global trends have on the agrarian economy
of the future? And what consequences will they have for pig production and
the work of livestock veterinarians?
These and other questions will be tackled at the public satellite symposium
of Bayer HealthCare's Animal Health Division at the 20th World Congress of the
International Pig Veterinary Society
(IPVS), to be held from June 22 to 26, 2008, in Durban, South
Dr. Manfred Kern, Head of International
Business Relations at Bayer CropScience AG, will talk about global scenarios in
the context of the world economy and population development over the next 20
years in a presentation on Tuesday, June 24, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Here
is a summary of the main topics:
Global agriculture must increase by
more than 60 percent by 2025 if it is to keep pace with population growth,
urbanization, changed eating habits and the rising demand resulting from the
increase of purchasing power.
More than 853 million people today are
suffering from malnutrition or hunger, and their number is rising. More food
will have to be produced worldwide in the next 30 years than in the entire
preceding 10,000 years.
markets such as China with approximately 1.4 billion consumers and India with
some 1.3 billion consumers will switch from a predominantly plant-based diet to
a more animal-based one. Pro rata meat consumption in China will rise from about
40 kilograms at present to 60 kilograms by 2020. In India, pro rata consumption
will triple from two kilograms at present to six kilograms in 2020.
present about 30 to 40 percent of the available agricultural land is used for
growing cereals for the production of basic foodstuffs, and the rest is used for
the production of animal feed. This will change drastically by 2025: about eight
to 12 percent of the land available worldwide will be required solely for the
production of food for pets (dogs and cats), 20 to 30 percent will be used for
renewable raw materials, about 30 percent for basic human foodstuffs and the
remaining land for the production of livestock feed.
thanks to its resources and technical possibilities, has the quality to meet the
multifaceted national, regional and global challenges in sustained fashion.
Bayer HealthCare's Animal Health Division is a sponsor of the 20th World
Congress of the International Pig Veterinary Society (IPVS). Participants can
attend numerous specialist lectures and presentations to receive sound
information about the current situation and future developments in the various
areas of pig health.
â€¢ Bayer Healthcare
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