23 May '11, 6pm

Forget rice, think meat and yogurt: ‘Chinese food’ looking more and more like Western diet

Forget rice, think meat and yogurt: ‘Chinese food’ looking more and more like Western diet

Meating demand: Workers at an industrial meatpacking house in China try to keep up with their nation's soaring appetite for animal products. Photo: Shreyans Bhansali It's Monday, which for many is now a meatless day , so it's appropriate I think to highlight Howard Schneider's Washington Post article on the long-anticipated Chinese meat-eating explosion: For China, the world's most populous country and now its second-largest economy, changes in food consumption are happening fast. In a nation where the word for rice is synonymous with food, people are eating less rice and other grains, preferring pork, fish and, to [chicken farmer] Liu's delight, chicken. Pig herds are swelling, and demand for some dairy products has been climbing 20 percent a year. Chinese imports of soybeans, a key animal feed, are booming. ... The changing diet can be seen throughout Beijing -- from the...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/industrial-agriculture/2011-05-23-fo...

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