June 19, 2008 6:00 PM

As Chinese grow richer, hunger for meat strains farms

To understand the changing dietary habits of Chinese, it helps to listen to 6-year-old Lin Xingni talk about her favorite foods. "I like to eat chicken and fish. I also like pork ribs," she said. Chinese are eating more meat than ever. In 1980, the average Chinese ate 44 pounds of meat per year. By 1995, per-capita meat consumption had climbed to 55 pounds.

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