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Animals Farmed: live exports risk of disease, China goes big on pork, and EU meat tax

Welcome to our monthly roundup of the biggest issues in farming and food production, with must-read reports from around the webWe've been investigating and reporting on the growing trade in live animal exports, which despite welfare and disease concerns, has quadrupled in size over the past 50 years. Nearly 2 billion animals a year are transported around the world on journeys which, in some cases, can take more than 40 days.The Middle East is a focal point of the trade, with live animal exports to the region rising steadily over the past two decades, particularly from Europe. The trade is driven by rising demand for meat and dairy and water shortages in the region, which limits domestic production. Saudi Arabia imported 7 million cattle and sheep in 2017. In just one year, Turkey went from importing $600m (?457m) worth of animals in 2016 to $1.2bn in 2017. Continue reading...
Zdroj: The Guardian

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