February 3, 2021
A shopkeeper organizes cuts of pork in a wet market in Guangzhou. Before African Swine Fever hit in 2018, China was able to produce 97% of its domestic pork needs.Mike Wilson
Pork exports to China have boomed, but that boom could be nearing an end.
U.S. pork exports in 2020 were a record high for the fourth consecutive year, up 17.8% during the first 11 months. The increase was almost entirely due to China. After losing more than half its hog herd from African Swine Fever, the nation was forced to buy pork from overseas as it rebuilt its hog herd.
Click through the images for a few more bits of trivia you might find interesting as the two countries continue trade despite political tension.
About the Author(s)
Executive Editor, Farm Futures
Mike Wilson is executive editor and content manager at FarmFutures.com. He grew up on a grain and livestock farm in Ogle County, Ill., and earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural journalism from the University of Illinois. He was twice named Writer of the Year by the American Agricultural Editors’ Association and is a past president of the organization. He is also past president of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists, a global association of communicators specializing in agriculture. He has covered agriculture in 35 countries.
“At FarmFutures.com our goal is to get readers the facts and help them analyze complicated issues that impact their day-to-day decision-making,” he says.
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