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Domestic Consumption and Export Markets

Brazil’s beef export market has rapidly expanded in recent decades, outpacing the growth of domestic consumption in Brazil. Between 1994 and 2009, domestic consumption of beef increased by nearly 50%.42 During this same time period, exports increased by over 500%. The beef export has continued to grow, with the value of Brazilian beef exports reached a record setting $7.2 billion in 2014.43

Brazilian Beef Domestic Consumption versus Exports (Carcass Weight Equivalent x1000 MT)41
Source: ABIEC. 2016. Perfil da Pecuaria no Brasil., Brazilian National Beef Cattle Council. 2009. Beef Cattle Datasheet.

The growth in the relative share of exports helps highlight the increasing importance of global supply chain actors and the level of global market integration of Brazilian beef products, especially in countries such as Russia and China, which account for the majority of trade.

Through responsible procurement and commitments to verified zero deforestation production, supply chain actors, both within Brazil and internationally, can support forest-friendly ranching practices and help conserve ecologically sensitive areas, such as the Amazon.

41. Walker, N.F., Patel, S.A., and Kalif, K.A.B. 2013. From Amazon pasture to the high street: deforestation and the Brazilian cattle product supply chain. Tropical Conservation Science – Special Issue, Vol. 6 (3): 446-467.
42. Walker, N.F., Patel, S.A., and Kalif, K.A.B. 2013. From Amazon pasture to the high street: deforestation and the Brazilian cattle product supply chain. Tropical Conservation Science – Special Issue, Vol. 6 (3): 446-467.
43. Walker, N.F., Patel, S.A., and Kalif, K.A.B. 2013. From Amazon pasture to the high street: deforestation and the Brazilian cattle product supply chain. Tropical Conservation Science – Special Issue, Vol. 6 (3): 446-467.