The Changing Times Informational Sheets:
The purpose of these informational sheets is to describe trends in market conditions that we believe have significance to Veterinary Services.
Overseas Investments by U.S. Meat Corporations - What’s the Future for U.S. Exports? 7/00 (PDF 84KB)
International commerce is increasingly the result of more commercial activities than just exporting or importing. Most of the top-ranked U.S.-based meat corporations are also investing overseas in processing or production. Market access, lower production costs, growth opportunities, and regulation drive international location decisions. Evidence from the broader food processing industry hints that growth in U.S. meat exports may not decline as U.S. meat industries expand their overseas operations to access worldwide markets.
Animal Pharming: The Industrialization of Transgenic Animals 12/99 (PDF 100KB)
Growing use of transgenic animals to produce human drugs is described in a Changing Times report issued last week by CEAH's Center for Emerging Issues. Transgenic animals are animals which have been genetically transformed to enable pharmaceutical production in an animal’s milk or bodily fluids. For some drugs, a herd of 600 transgenic animals could potentially supply worldwide demand. Although laboratory manipulation of genes in animals, plants, and bacteria accounted for less than one percent of world supply of human therapeutic proteins in 1998, that one percent was valued at $12 billion, or 50 percent of a $24 billion global market for human proteins.
Current Trends and Uncertainties for the Future of Agriculture
This report was prepared in response to a request from the Committee for the Future of Veterinary Services (VS). The Committee for the Future of VS made recommendations to the VS Management Team regarding roles for VS in the future. The Committee began its work by reading this assessment of current trends affecting animal agriculture. The following areas are covered in this report: