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Pigs are pictured on a farm in Vullierens, 40 km (25 mi) east of Geneva, April 27, 2009. Chinese meat consumption has shown monumental growth in the past 30 years and Indian demand for poultry is projected to increase in similarly exponential fashion.
Pigs are pictured on a farm in Vullierens, 40 km (25 mi) east of Geneva, April 27, 2009. Chinese meat consumption has shown monumental growth in the past 30 years and Indian demand for poultry is projected to increase in similarly exponential fashion.
(© Denis Balibouse / Reuters/REUTERS)

As protein demand soars, bulk up on agriculture investments

The emerging markets-led explosion in protein consumption is well under way and expected to intensify in the coming decades. Chinese meat consumption has shown monumental growth in the past 30 years and Indian demand for poultry is projected to increase in similarly exponential fashion.

In short, the outlook has rarely been brighter for global agriculture companies and while caution is required in the short term, Canadian investors should begin allocating portfolio assets to the sector.