Food For Thought

There's an interesting article here on Chinese meat consumption which quotes some things of note:

Chicken consumption accounted for 9 per cent of the total Chinese meat market in 1985, but had risen to 20 per cent by 2008.

Beef's share had jumped from 6 per cent to 14 per cent over the same period.

Pork consumption has doubled in the past ten years.

Compound feed fed to pigs currently accounts for only about 40 million tonnes, but this could rise to about 180 million tonnes as the feeding of swill is phased out under a "safe meat" policy.

Only 40 per cent of all Chinese meat currently complies with this "safe meat" policy, this is expected to reach 80 per cent by 2015.

China's feed market grew by a hefty 24 per cent last year.