The number of trees planted each year in the United States has increased over the last decade, according to the latest project data released Thursday by the U.N. tree planting project.
According to data compiled by the Tree Project, planting of trees increased from 2,844,904 in 2004 to 2,917,958 in 2018, and more than doubled to 2.3 million trees.
The project’s chief executive, Chris Gresham, attributed the rise to the climate change, but acknowledged that more trees were planted in the past few years due to the increased population, and said the tree planting has continued to increase year-on-year.
Greslam also said that while the tree-planting industry has seen a dramatic rise in the last five years, there is still room for improvement.
The U.K.-based Tree Project projects that tree planting will increase by a further 8 percent in 2020 and then by another 7 percent by 2027, but noted that the global tree planting market is expected to continue to grow, especially in the developing world.
Grazing for pasture in Australia’s dry, arid western region has also increased dramatically in recent years, with an average of 5,600 hectares of livestock per hectare being raised for pasture each year.
Grosz said that the increase in pasture is partly due to growing populations in China and India, but also because there is increased demand for protein from cattle feed in Asia.
“There is a growing appetite for beef in China, for example, where demand is increasing at a much faster rate than we see in the developed world,” Grosy said.
“China is seeing a growing demand for beef, which is also a good indicator of the potential for cattle production in the future.”
A growing appetite in Asia has helped to push up the price of beef in the region.
The price of a pound of beef at an international market rose by 40 percent in 2018 from a year earlier, according the report, and an average American beef cattle rancher made an average $1,000 per day in 2018.
Gysz said the increase has been driven in part by growing populations of cattle in Asia and the region, particularly in China.
The report said the rise in cattle prices in China has been due to a decline in domestic beef production, as well as the increasing availability of animal protein.
“In China, cattle have been brought in for export and domestic beef is becoming a much cheaper meat substitute,” Gysy said, noting that many of these beef cattle are used in Asian markets.
Griesz said China is now importing beef from Canada and Australia.
Gersz also noted that while demand for meat is up in the U., it is still relatively low compared to other major meat-producing countries, like the United Kingdom and the United India.
“We do see a lot of demand in India, especially because of the huge increase in beef consumption there,” he said.
A key question in the report is what kind of climate change will affect the global meat market.
Gisz said in the next few years, the United Nations is expected in 2021 to announce a new global goal to try and limit meat consumption and climate change.
The Global Meat Futures Initiative, a project of the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization, is working on the report.