Chinese must eat less meat, expert warns
China now eats twice as much meat as the United States and must rein in its appetite or face a food crisis, one of the country's farm experts has warned.
Wen Tiejun, the dean of Renmin University's agriculture school and a leading advocate of rural reform, said: "People must simply eat less."
In the past 30 years, Chinese demand for meat has quadrupled, according to figures from the US agriculture department.
Imports of meat, breeding stock and animal feed have risen and food scares have resulted from farmers attempting to bulk up their produce.
The average Chinese person still only eats half the meat eaten by his US counterpart. (© Daily Telegraph, London)