Animal protein consumption in China: a 5-fold increase over the last 40 years

Suwei Jian and Richard Ferguson's report for PwC, "China's Agricultural Challenges" enlightens major issues in the Chinese food system.

Four specific points worth highlighting:  

  •  If the Chinese meat consumption per capita were to equal Taiwanese,  we would need  an additional grain output equal to  Brazil and Argentina current yearly crop.
  • China is producing food for 20% of the world population with only 8% of the arable land and 8% of the world renewable water resources
  • Because of water scarcity Chinese renewable water resources per person in certain Chinese provinces is already  similar to Israel
  • For most grains, yields have stagnated in the recent years, if not declined for certain crops.

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Spanish researchers identify and classify for the very first time the effects of certain conditions on the microbiota

We have known for some time that certain conditions like obesity, cancer and some autoimmune disorders like lupus may cause changes in the composition of our gut microbiota. We did not know, however, which conditions caused more modifications than others, what the effects were and whether these alterations could be used to identify those different illnesses. Read the article