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Pork consumption in China
ON AN AVERAGE DAY in China, approximately 1,703,975 pigs are consumed. According to a report by the United States Department of Agriculture, Chinese consumed 51 million metric tons of pork in 2006, roughly half of the world’s total pig consumption. The report also states that United States consumed around 8.6 million metric tons last year.
Meat consumption has risen dramatically in China over the past two decades. Just since 2003, pork consumption has risen 19% (Du). Pork's centrality to Chinese cooking is reflected in the fact that when people refer to meat, by default they mean pork. On a menu, dishes with pork simply say "meat." If the meat isn't pork, then an additional qualifier (cow - meat for beef, for example) is required.
Joe MacDonald, "Soaring pork prices lift Chinese inflation," San Jose Mercury News, June 11, 2007.