The US meat industry is struggling.
The global meat market is booming, but the US is lagging behind.
The US is the world’s biggest meat producer, with an estimated 10% of global production.
But it is also the world second-largest importer of meat, behind only China.
In the last decade, the meat industry has been rocked by two major trends: the emergence of more and more fast-growing global rivals, and the rise of the antibiotic-resistant bacteria that threaten to destroy the meat supply.
“I think we are heading towards a tipping point, where we’re going to go from being a meat producer to a meat importer, and we’re just not going to be able to continue to do it,” said Chris McNeill, CEO of the National Beef Producers Association.
While the US has the highest demand for beef, its meat production has been largely stagnant over the past decade, as beef imports have plummeted.
According to the US Department of Agriculture, the United States imported more than 5 billion pounds of beef in 2014, down from nearly 10 billion in 2001.
That is partly because of the resurgence of antibiotics-resistant superbugs, which have killed tens of millions of Americans.
The resurgence of antibiotic-resistance has created an economic and environmental crisis in the United Sates, said McNeill.
The US is home to more than 1.3 billion people, making it the world ‘s fourth-largest meat producer.
It is also home to some of the worlds largest beef producers, like Tyson Foods and Tyson Foods Canada, as well as some of its biggest meat processors, including Pilgrim’s Pride.
But the US also faces its share of the blame.
The meat industry faces a massive number of costs, such as paying the huge costs of transporting meat from the farm to the processing plant, and paying for the waste that goes into the landfills.
“When we talk about costs of doing business, there’s not a lot of them, but when we talk in terms of environmental impact, it’s really huge,” McNeill said.
The United States also struggles to compete with other countries in the global race to feed the world.
Last year, the US exported $5.7 trillion worth of meat to the world, according to the World Food Program.
And a study published last year by the American Meat Institute found that, over the next decade, US meat consumption could rise from just 2.3% of world consumption to 10% if the country continues to rely on beef imports.
In 2018, the global food system is in crisis.
That is because the world is growing more rapidly, and there are more mouths to feed than ever before.
“In a way, the world has reached a tipping-point, where the growth of the demand for meat, particularly the demand from the meat producers, has really pushed the demand to the point where the system cannot sustain itself,” said John Schoenefeldt, the director of the Food Policy Research Institute at the University of Illinois.
The country is also on the brink of another food crisis.
The food-safety crisis is affecting many countries around the world: Australia has seen an outbreak of salmonella, while Germany has reported a surge in cases of E. coli O157:H7.
As a result, the European Union and several countries have already announced plans to phase out beef imports, but this may not be enough to help the US.
“We are not the only ones that are struggling, but it’s going to take a lot more than just a couple of states taking this step to really fix this crisis,” said McNeil.
McNeill’s organization has been lobbying the US government to consider banning meat imports.
And it’s pushing the Trump administration to start a “factory-free zone” in the US, which would make it easier for US farmers to import their beef.
But as meat prices have been falling, the number of beef processors has risen dramatically.
This has forced the US to rely more and less on imported beef.
In fact, the industry is now facing a crisis that has no parallel in human history.
“If you look at the amount of food that the world imports from the US every year, it is about 1,200 times the amount that was exported in the 1970s,” said Schoenefldt.
The Trump administration has made it clear that it is not interested in trying to fix the problem, but is instead focusing on making the US a food-secure nation.
“There’s a lot at stake here for us,” McNeil said.
In 2019, the Department of Homeland Security will launch a meat-free zones program, aimed at helping American farmers to get rid of the surplus of meat that is stored in their facilities.
The program will provide free meat to farmers who comply with the terms of their lease agreements, and to those who are unable to comply.
But McNeill and others are