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Published on Jul 12, 2010
In the past ten years, consumption of China's most popular meat, pork, has doubled. In 2007, China raised well over half a billion pigs. Since 1980, overall meat consumption in China has quadrupled to its current level, 54 kilograms or 119 pounds a person each year, and is continuing to rise.
Even though China is not yet a fully fledged "factory farm nation," the strains from its fast-growing livestock sector, and burgeoning appetite for animal-based protein, are showing—in massive water pollution, soil degradation, rising rates of obesity and chronic disease, risks to food security and food safety, pressure on small farmers, and declining farm animal welfare.
This video is part of Brighter Green's program on the 'Globalization of Industrial Animal Agriculture'. For more information on this trend, policy papers tracking this phenomenon in China, India, Brazil, and Ethiopia, as well as resources on the topic, visit our website at www.brightergreen.org.