China to slash its population’s meat consumption by 50%

China’s syndrome

Britain’s international think tank on foreign affairs, Chatham House, issued a call in 2014 for a drop in meat consumption, saying it was essential to limit the effects of climate change.

What was our government’s response? Or the governments of Europe for that matter? Silence.

Now China, on the other hand, has staggered everyone by announcing a strategy to slash its population’s meat consumption by 50 per cent by 2030. The primary reason is to reduce the growing epidemic of degenerative diseases but the ensuing climate implications are gratefully received, too.

Film director James Cameron said: “This would not only have a huge impact on public health, it is a massive leadership step towards drastically reducing carbon emissions.”

It also, of course, means millions of animals saved.