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Q: How Will China Destroy the World?

Written by PETA | August 2, 2010

A: It will adopt the eating habits of Americans—specifically, our pork-eating habits. Already, China (which essayist Charles Lamb credited with being the birthplace of pork barbecue) consumes about half of all pork produced worldwide. According to a 2010 U.S. Department of Agriculture report, Chinese pork consumption jumped from 22 million tons in 1990 to more than 50 million tons in 2009—and it is only expected to grow.

How will this destroy the world? China doesn’t have enough land to grow all the corn that’s required to feed the increasing number of pigs who will in turn be needed to feed the country’s growing mu shu pork habit. This means that China will go from importing no corn in 2008 to 15 million metric tons by 2014, according to one industry estimate. Much of that corn is expected to be grown in South America, where pristine savannahs and grasslands will be converted into cornfields. Not only will the razing of these grasslands release greenhouse gasses, the nitrogen fertilizers that will be used to grow the corn will release even more. And then there’s all the energy that’s used to raise and harvest the corn and ship it halfway around the world.

Nor does China have enough land to continue to raise pigs on small farms, which means that it will start converting its family farms to hugely polluting factory farms as well as importing more meat from such models of agricultural responsibility as Smithfield and Hormel.

All this adds up to an environmental headache bigger than the Great Wall of, well, you know where.

But all is not lost. PETA Asia and its army of Lettuce Ladies are feverishly trying to turn the tide by persuading Asians to eat green (in more ways than one). Will the leafy lovelies be able to save our planet in time? Stay tuned to this bat channel to find out.

Via Grist

Written by Alisa Mullins

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  • Vivian says:

    I hope people won’t look at me and assume I’m sadistic, just because I’m Chinese. I happen to be a proud vegetarian. I don’t care if you talk **** about my country, since they are true, but I would mind if you start generalizing and call *every single Chinese person* cruel. I’ve never harmed any animal before, not even a fly, and would appreciate it if you leave the people out of this. Thanks.

  • Saucy says:

    It’s called “The Age of Stupid” a documentary film and wake up call to the world. It’s about what happens when we use up our resources and tip the scale to global catastrophe. It’ about the end of the world as we know it which can’t come a moment to soon for factory farmed pigs I’m sure and other animals unfortunate enough to be in the dominion of human vampires.

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    Speaking of pork after watching two “Happy California Cows” get sucked dry by a milking machine last Sunday at the Orange County Fair I watched to see what was done with the milk. The milk was taken to the pig pen where an enormous pink sow was contentedly lying with her adorable babies. The milk was poured into a large dish for her to drink she got up and in her excitement stepped right on one of the babies who limped around the pen obviously injured but in spite of crowd attempts to call the “farmer’s” attention to it it went ignored. My comment was “Well if she’s badly injured they will find it in the morning and remove it. Anyway she won’t see any of her babies after the fair is over she’ll either be slaughtered or go back to the farrowing pen to have another litter and the babies will be raised and killed for meat.” The parents of the kids standing around did not like me saying that. My reply “Then stop eating pork.”

  • Maureen says:

    Im glad I will not be around in 30 or so years from now. Im also glad I saw green forests wild animalsand unpolluted seas in my lifetime.