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Climate change campaigners welcome China's plan to halve meat consumption

The Telegraph

By Neil Connor
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Climate change campaigners have welcomed new guidelines which urge Chinese consumers to eat 50 per cent less meat, even though food experts say enticing the country’s growing urban middle classes away from beef and pork will be a huge challenge.

The Chinese Nutrition Society last month called on consumers to reduce the amount of animal-based food they eat from about 300 grams to 200 grams a day and their meat consumption from about 62 kg to 27 kg per year.

The Beijing-backed health agency hopes the guidelines will help ward off a growing obesity and a diabetes time-bomb in China, while global warming campaigners believe they could also result in huge benefits for the planet.

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