Coronavirus: Chinese Are Giving Up On Meat And Turning Vegetarian


China — the world’s largest market for beef, pork and poultry — is steadily growing wary of meat as health-conscious Chinese are taking to a vegetarian diet that has sparked mushrooming of vegan restaurants in the world’s most populous country.
China’s restaurant industry over the past few years is reporting growing number of entrepreneurs looking to capitalise on the popularity of healthy eating, which usually means a meatless, organic and environmentally-friendly diet.
The niche market of vegetarian and vegan eateries has never been more competitive, a recent report from various cities complied by the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post said.
Han Lili, a Shanghai-based artist who has tracked and mapped vegetarian and vegan restaurants in major Chinese cities including Shanghai, Chengdu, Lhasa, and Hong Kong since 2012, said it had been difficult to accurately count the number in operation in the past year or two because the market changed so rapidly.
In Shanghai, China’s largest city, the number of vegan outlets soared from 49 in 2012 to more than 100 last year, she said. In Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, almost half the 80 eateries needed updating after her last count.
A report by research firm Euromonitor said though China is still the world’s biggest market for pork, beef and poultry, the demand showed a decline in recent years.
A report by said sales of pork declined from 42.49 million tonnes in 2014 to 40.85 million tonnes in 2016. A new dietary guideline issued by China’s health industry two years ago also suggested eating less meat, poultry and seafood.
The Chinese meat industry adds around 150 million tonnes of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere every year, according to one study.
The growing trend of vegetarianism showed more Chinese turning to fruits and vegetables. China currently consumes 40 per cent of the world’s fruit and vegetables, indicating the growing trend of vegetarianism in China.
UN trade figures show that between 2010 and 2016, China’s imports of avocados rose from 1.9 tonnes to 25,000 tonnes a 13,000-fold increase.
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  1. So many bad things come from eating animals. Corona virus, Swine flu, Bird flu, E. coli, Antibiotic Resistance, etc.
    GO VEGAN if you care about people, your health, the environment, and of course the animals that suffer unimaginable cruelty for an unnecessary product.

  2. Let the world be Vegetarian. Dharmo rakshathi Rakshithaha. Dhaye Beku Sakala Praanigellaralli – Guru Basaveshwar.
    Be harmony with the nature, pancha Bhutas.
    Live harmony with all living beings.
    Never eat snake, never eat bat, never eat any meat. This is not the food of human beings. China and rest of the countries must stop eating any meat, adapt vegetarian sathwic food. Let vegetarian be a national food habit with better life values.

  3. ದೇವರೇ ನಮ್ಮ ದೇಶದಲ್ಲೂ nonvege ಗೆ goodbye ಅಗೋ ರೀತಿ ಮಾಡಪ್ಪ

  4. No body is greater than nature….when pain raises in animals automatically nature starts to punish human race…

  5. Obbaru ousidi sikkide antare neevu sikkilla antaheli bayabilistira Tara matu nambabeku eteraheli janranna bayabilsi saystira

  6. ನಮ್ಮ ದೇಶ ಕೂಡ ಇದೇ ರೀತಿ ವೈರಸ್ ನಿಂದ ಬಳಲಬಹುದು ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ಕೋಳಿ ಆಡು ಹಂದಿ ದನ ಮೀನು ತಿನ್ನೋದನ್ನ ನಮ್ಮ ಜನ ಬಿಟ್ಟು ಸಸ್ಯಹಾರಿಗಳಾಗಬೇಕು

  7. ಅದುಕ್ಕೆ ಹೇಳೋದು ಮಾಂಸ ತಿನ್ನಬೇಡಿ ಅಂತ.. ಚಿಕನ್, ಮಟನ್, ಬಿರಿಯಾನಿ, ಕಬಾಬ್ ತಿನ್ನಬೇಡಿ.. ಅಚ್ಚು ಕಟ್ಟಾಗಿ ರಾಗಿ ಮುದ್ದೆ ರೊಟ್ಟಿ,ಸೊಪ್ಪು, ತರಕಾರಿ, ಹಣ್ಣು ಇಂತಹ ಆಹಾರ ಸೇವನೆ ಆರೋಗ್ಯಕ್ಕೆ ಒಳ್ಳೆಯದು..

  8. ಮುಸ್ಲಿಮರ ಪರ್ದೆ(ಬುರ್ಖಾ) ನಿಶೇದ ಮಾಡಿದ ಚೀನಾದಲ್ಲಿ ಎಲ್ಲರೋ ಪರ್ದೆ ದರಿಸುವಂತಾಗಿದೆ.

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