Column: Meat consumption booming in China from Western influence

The Chinese are fond of pork. In fact, Shuanghui International Holdings, the owner of China’s largest meatpacker, recently agreed to spend $4.7 billion to purchase Virginia-based Smithfield Foods Inc., the world’s largest pork producer.

This calls for context, ably described by The Los Angeles Times: As China’s economy and its middle class continue to grow and as Chinese consumers become more acquainted with Western ways of eating, meat consumption in China has grown rapidly.

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