China, a country that eats 28% of the world’s meat and half of all the world’s pork, is moving in a plant-based direction. The Guardian reported on the recent changes in the country.

The Good Food Institute (GFI) reported that China’s plant-based meat market was projected to grow between 20 and 25% annually. The industry was worth $910 million in 2018. China’s perceived connection between wealth and meat is no longer as strong as it once was.

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A new generation of consumers, having lived through African swine fever and the coronavirus, are much more open to a plant-based diet. China is also a significant producer of plant-based products and has the capacity to expand to serve an eager, global plant-based market.

“[W]ith a local abundance of non-GMO soybeans and huge capacity to process plant-based raw materials including soy and pea, China has the potential to play a major role in accelerating the plant-based meat trend around the world by increasing production and bringing down costs,”  Elaine Siu, GFI Asia-Pacific managing director said in a 2019 GFI report.

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The government is also pushing plant-based foods. In 2016, to help curb emissions, the government shared a plan to cut the country’s meat intake by 50%. This drop will be helped by brands like KFC, Burger King, and Starbucks, which have each introduced plant-based choices into the country.

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