To mark the Chinese Year of the Ox (or Cow), Brighter Green undertook a broader dissemination of its policy paper, Skillful Means: the Challenges of China’s Encounter with Factory Farming to Chinese media, bloggers, academics and activists.
As a result, the paper has been posted on a number of blog sites and organization websites. Mainstream media coverage was slight, but this wasn’t entirely a surprise. The fact that there was no “live” action associated with the report made chances of a reporter writing about it less likely. Also, as Beijing-based Jeff Zhou, who participated in this effort wrote: “I don’t think the public media atmosphere [in China] is the same as in the States, because on some sensitive issue to the government, the media tends to be very cautious and most of the time will follow the Xinhua News Agency. So I don’t expect a big coverage or debate on this in the public media.”
However, as Jeff continues, the issue of climate change is making its way into the Chinese media on a more regular basis: “…from time to time, we could hear something about climate change and the analysis in some programs and news.”
Here are the online sites in China where Skillful Means has been posted, in English and Chinese:
Many thanks to Su Zhongxi of PETA Asia-Pacific, and his colleague, Rochelle Regadon, for their help with this.
In terms of academics and universities, Jeff Zhou shared Skillful Means with a number of instiutions of higher learning in China, including: China Agriculture University,Beijing Agricultural University and Agricultural Universities in provinces across China: Hebei, Mongolia, Henan, Jilin, Shanxi, Northeast, Nanjing, Shandong and Xinjiang.
Jeff also shared the paper with some key players in China’s agricultural economy, including: China’s National Feed Quality Control Center, the Academy of State Administration of Grain, the China National Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Service within the national Ministry of Agriculture, the Quality Control & Inspection Center for Domestic Animal Products, also within the Ministry of Agriculture; and some U.S and international players: the U.S. Soybean Export Council’s Beijing Office, the UK Development Agency Beijing Representative Office, and the China Council for International Investment Promotion.
For more on how issues of climate change and meat are being addressed in China, please read the next news entry.