The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention recently came to the “astonishing” realization that China consumes too much meat. China Daily reports:
In 2010, nearly 28 percent of Chinese ate more than 100 grams of meat daily, a survey of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention showed.
For health reasons, men should limit daily consumption of meat under 75 grams and women under 50 grams, according to a food consumption guideline from the CDC.
China couldn’t ensure an abundant supply of food until the late 1990s, and after that, people tended to experience a period of “compensatory consumption”, which might last more than 20 years, Wang said [Deputy Director if the Institute of Food and Nutrition Development.
And according to them, the government won’t be able to curb the level of consumption until 2020.
Wang Dongyang, deputy director of the Institute of Food and Nutrition Development under the Ministry of Agriculture, made the remarks at a media workshop on Wednesday. The workshop examined the new government guideline to develop China’s food supply and nutrition.
“The guideline aims to help guarantee the supply of quality food and improve people’s nutrition,” Wang said.
The guideline sets goals for the food industry and nutritional health. By 2020, China’s annual grain output will be 550 million metric tons or above, and the food industry’s annual growth rate will stay at 10 percent or above, the guideline says.
The annual consumption per capita of meat by 2020 will be 29 kg, while eggs will be 16 kg and dairy products will be 36 kg, it said.
The guideline is part of China’s nationwide nutrition campaign, which aims to slow the nation’s spiking obesity and diabetes rates.
We wonder what will happen if the actual consumption figures don’t line up with the projected ones. Perhaps everyone in China have to wear a shock collar that zaps them every time they exceed their quota.