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November 16, 2005

Bird flu could cut US poultry demand by 50%

Yahoo! News reports that bird flu could cut US poultry demand by 50 percent. It's another reminder that avian flu is a serious economic problem even if it never infects another human being:

In 2006, the United States is forecast to produce nearly 36 billion pounds of chickens, according to USDA.

Poultry exports from the United States range between $1.7 billion and $2.5 billion annually, or 8 percent to 15 percent of total production, according to USDA figures. The rest is consumed domestically.

beef industry has taken a beating in recent years because of exactly one case of mad cow disease, which shut down our exports (especially to the US). And that was a problem even though Canadians continued to chow down on burgers and steaks.

Imagine the impact of a domestic boycott of poultry products in the US, coupled with a ban on exports.

Posted by dymaxion at November 16, 2005 01:11 PM

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