The environmental impact of China's pork industry is becoming too large to ignore.
In China, where pork reigns supreme – they eat 81 pounds per person – there are now 94 pigs per 100 acres of cropland (in the U.S. there are 20 per 100 acres). And that concentration of animals is causing havoc in the environment. In fact, agriculture now plays a bigger role in causing water pollution than does industry in the country.
"Dam building has brought China's river ecosystems to the point of collapse."
"Agriculture runoffs are the No. 1 cause of contamination, " says Turner to Metro reporter.
Half the world’s pigs – 476 million – reside in China. Increasingly prosperous consumers are eating fewer grains and demanding a more protein-rich diet, ballooning the pork industry to 15 times its 1960s-era size. In the last 30 years, Chinese demand for meat has quadrupled and China is now the largest consumer of seafood in the world.
In the latest article at Vice News, "China’s Toxic Soil, Air Pollution, and Dead Animals Prompt Environmental Reform," Turner commented on the new amendments to 1989 China Environmental Protection Law (EPL) and Chinese pig industry.
CEF Director Jennifer Turner interviewed by Radio Free Asia on the latest China Environmental Law amendmentsApr 23, 2014
Jennifer Turner gave comments on the amendments to China's 1989 environmental protection law which was submitted to the country's parliament for deliberation.
At this talk, Jennifer Turner, director of Woodrow Wilson Center’s China Environment Forum, discussed the major water-energy-food nexus trends in China and her work on engaging Chinese policy, research, business and NGOs to address these natural-resource choke points.
CEF has recently released its new interactive map concerning the information of dams in the southwest China.
For the past 65 years, China has built nearly two dams per day, and wants to expand its hydroelectric capacity. Jennifer Turner, director of the China Environment Forum at the Washington DC's Wilson Center, tells host Steve Curwood that China plans to ramp up dam installation in Yunnan Province, which raises the risks for this biodiversity hotspot in Southwest China.