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PLANT and MEAT, PROTEIN IN HARMONY

Chinese adult consumers took in about 1860 calories per day in 1971, rising to 2800 calories by 2011. In 2016, this number rose to about 3100 calories daily. For the same years, in 1971, the average Chinese consumer’s animal protein intake was only 125 calories daily, increasing to almost 700 calories daily in 2011, which is expected to rise to 760 calories in 2018. The Chinese consumption of plant foods has risen by approximately 30 percent since 1955, while meat and dairy consumption has increased by about 45 percent over the same period. It is clear that Chinese food consumption is being transformed rapidly into a typical American diet. Most likely, the conclusion is that the Chinese demand for meat and dairy will remain very strong in the years ahead.

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