The Chinese Government Urges Citizens to Eat Less Meat
As a result of chronic health problems, the Chinese government has recommended that its 1.3 billion citizens eat less meat and eggs, according to a recent report.
The National Health and Family Planning Commission updated their 2007 guidelines and made the request as a result of the growing rates of obesity, which have reportedly occurred as a result of the middle class buying and consuming more animal products. The new guideline recommends that people reduce their meat and egg consumption to 200 grams a day.
Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, stated:
“Given the rapid rise of non-communicable diseases and their risk factors such as obesity/overweight, this development shows that the health bureaucracy is taking actions that are necessary, however limited they may sound.”
Dr. Marco Springmann, the lead author of the study ‘Analysis and valuation of the health and climate change co-benefits of dietary change’, sees this as a big move not only for health, but for the environment as well. His research found that if China reduced the consumption of red meat by 100 grams a day alone, 2.2 million deaths could be averted and food-related greenhouse gas emissions could be cut by over a billion metric tons by 2050. He stated:
“Any changes in dietary recommendations that move in that direction would represent a step in the right direction.”
To read the full report by Global Meat News, visit this link.
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