More than 1/4 of all the meat produced worldwide is now eaten in China

May 9, 2015

“More than a quarter of all the meat produced worldwide is now eaten in China, and the country’s 1.35 billion people are hungry for more. In 1978, China’s meat consumption of 8 million tons was one third the U.S. consumption of 24 million tons. But by 1992, China had overtaken the United States as the world’s leading meat consumer—and it has not looked back since. Now China’s annual meat consumption of 71 million tons is more than double that in the United States.”

 

Source: Larson, Janet. "Meat Consumption in China Now Double That in the United States," Earth Policy Institute. Apr. 24, 2012. http://www.earth-policy.org/plan_b_updates/2012/update102 [verified 4/25/14]

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