China’s Vegetarians Outnumber America’s

As China’s appetite for meat grows, so does awareness of its environmental cost, and the number of those giving it up. From Mary Kay Magistad at PRI’s The World: […] Many Chinese just don’t want to give up meat. But...

Diseased Pork Operation Busted in Fujian

Authorities in Fujian province have detained two men for allegedly processing and selling the carcasses of diseased pigs, according to the South China Morning Post: Police in Nanjing county, Zhangzhou, detained a 44-year-old...

900 Arrested for “Meat-Related Crimes”

China’s Ministry of Public Security has announced 904 arrests in a three-month crackdown on “meat-related crimes”. From Xinhua: The ministry said since Jan. 25, police had uncovered 382 cases involving...

H7N9 Bird Flu Reaches Beijing

Xinhua reported on Saturday that a seven-year-old girl has become China’s 44th confirmed H7N9 sufferer, and the first in Beijing. The child is being treated at the Beijing Ditan Hospital, and is in stable condition, Zhong...

Chinese Farms Breed Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

In 2011, human consumption of antibiotics in China was ten times the global average. Because overuse of the drugs can give rise to resistance in the bacteria they target, the Health Ministry has repeatedly promised to cut down...

China Strains to Satisfy Growing Demand for Meat

For the Center for Investigative Reporting, PRI’s Mary Kay Magistad reports on the economic and political implications of China’s rising demand for meat, with China now producing and consuming half the world’s...

China’s Meat Consumption Now Double America’s

The Telegraph’s Malcolm Moore reports that China’s total meat consumption has quadrupled in the last 30 years to twice that of America. Experts fear that efforts to satisfy this appetite domestically will cause...

Confucius on Food Scandals & Mozi on Foreign Policy

Daniel K Gardner explains his reaction to an Al Jazeera report on beef-flavoured pork sold as real beef: Consequently, a passage in the Analects, one that I had never given much attention to, for the first time jumped off the...

“Live-Boiled Cat”

At China Dialogue, Zhou Yiyan reports the release of a documentary on China’s cat meat trade: The core demand is in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province in south-east China. The cats conveyed into the city are turned...

Water-Injected Meat: The Next Chinese Food Scandal?

The Wall Street Journal’s China Blog reports on another potential food hazard in China that has been going on for decades, as reported in “The Southern Weekend,” a relatively liberal newspaper within...



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