Are we seeing a transition in China?
A member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference asked the organization to remain unconcerned in responding to the coronavirus pandemic.
During the official panel of the political panel, Sue Jinkun recommended organizations to eat vegetarian, the Global Times reported.
Earlier this year, China banned wildlife consumption and trade due to increasing global pressure around COVID-19. The ban excludes the use of wild animals for non-food purposes such as scientific and medical research.
Some experts believe that the coronavirus originated from the wholesale seafood market Huanan in Wuhan, which issued a similar ban this month.
Despite a government ban, Jingkun said venison was still served at official receptions. According to WION news, Jingkun is more worried about infections if people don’t stop consuming wildlife.
In 2016, the Chinese government published a series of new dietary guidelines that recommend reducing meat consumption to combat diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Because of its many health benefits, veganism has increased in many parts of China. In Hong Kong, a study by Green Monday, an organization that promotes plant life in the region, found that nearly a quarter of the population limits their meat intake through flexible food.
The survey also found that 70 percent of Hong Kong residents are willing to try flexitarianism by eating meat-free food once a week.
Another recent study by Deliveroo Hong Kong found that orders for vegan food are increasing in the region. In May, a delivery service announced that meat-free food orders in Hong Kong rose 104 percent year-on-year.
A number of companies are in a hurry to meet the growing demand for herbal products.
Cargill has announced that it will expand its range of vegetable meat products in China after its successful experience of vegan nuggets at selected KFC China locations.
Starbucks has expanded its lunch menu in more than 3,000 locations in China with five products that go beyond meat. Two of the dishes contain vegan pork from the Hong Kong-based vegetable meat company, Omnipork, which recently launched two new “meat” products: vegan pork shoulder and vegan spam.
The Swiss food giant, whose name I will not mention, will build its first vegan food factory in China. The company claims it might be ready to start operating a number of meat factories by the end of 2020.