China is the world’s leading producer of soybean meal and domestic user; producing about 30% of the world’s total soybean meal. The other major soybean meal producers are the United States, Brazil and Argentina, followed by European Union, India and Mexico. It is only logical that these same countries are also leading producers of livestock, poultry and aquaculture since soybean meal and feed grains compose diets needed for efficient production.
Table 1. World Production of Soybeans/Soybean Meal and Soybean Meal Consumption for 2013/2014
Data source: USDA-Foreign Agricultural Service, Production, Supply and Distribution (PS&D) database. http://www.fas.usda.gov/psdonline/psdHome.aspx and USDA-Foreign Agricultural Service, Oilseeds: World Markets and Trade; March 10, 2014