Brighter Green associates Caroline Wimberly and Wanqing Zhou co-wrote an article called, “East MEATS West” in the recent issue of VegNews.
The article discusses the rise of China’s middle class and the corresponding increase in meat consumption. This growing demand for meat will have a big impact on the country and on the environment.
Wimberly and Zhou write, “Matters of sustainability are not limited to this one nation, but due in part to its enormous population, the country is now officially the largest contributor to climate change. Compared to Americans, the average Chinese citizen eats a modest amount of meat (136 pounds annually versus 253 in the US), but given its size, China now consumes more than two times the total amount of meat as the US.”