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Journal of Integrative Agriculture  2015, Vol. 14 Issue (6): 1023-1032    DOI: 10.1016/S2095-3119(14)60986-2
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Sustainable meat consumption in China
 Satoru Shimokawa
Division of Social Science, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clearwater Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong of China
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摘要  Sustainable meat consumption is critical to achieve a sustainable food system because meat products are among the most energy-intensive, ecologically burdensome, and ethically concerned foods. This paper focuses on the case of China and discusses the difficulties and possibilities to achieve sustainable meat consumption in China by reviewing previous empirical studies and descriptive statistics, particularly considering consumers’ dietary transitions in quantity and quality following China’s rapid economic growth. Given China’s sheer size of population and meat demand, the sustainable meat consumption in China is also a relevant topic in the global food system.

Abstract  Sustainable meat consumption is critical to achieve a sustainable food system because meat products are among the most energy-intensive, ecologically burdensome, and ethically concerned foods. This paper focuses on the case of China and discusses the difficulties and possibilities to achieve sustainable meat consumption in China by reviewing previous empirical studies and descriptive statistics, particularly considering consumers’ dietary transitions in quantity and quality following China’s rapid economic growth. Given China’s sheer size of population and meat demand, the sustainable meat consumption in China is also a relevant topic in the global food system.
Keywords:  meat       consumption       sustainability       China  
Received: 24 January 2014   Accepted:

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