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Macro Trends: Increasing Global Demand

Demographic and economic forces are converging to drive up global demand for food and nutrition resources, from basic foodstuffs to nutrition therapies.

  • •   World population is expected to grow by 2 billion people in the next two decades.
  • •   Rising affluence in the developing world is already driving increased demand for protein.
  • •   Developed world diseases such as diabetes and obesity are rising dramatically in developing nations.
  • •   Increased demand is already putting price pressure on food resources.
  • •   The explosive growth of China’s emerging middle class: 500 million more by 2025.
  • •   India’s growing middle class: 475 million by 2030.
  • •   Aging U.S. Population: By 2030, there will be about 72.1 million people in the U.S. over age 65, more than twice their number in 2000.
  • •   Increasing incidences or diagnoses of diseases; Type 2 diabetes, celiac, IBD: In 2012, 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3% of the population, had diabetes.
  • •   The occurrence of allergic disease is skyrocketing, and some estimates are that as many as one-in-five Americans have an allergic condition. According to a study released in 2013 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies among children increased approximately 50% between 1997 and 2011
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