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dc.contributor.author MacLachlan, Ian
dc.date.accessioned 2016-06-13T21:27:41Z
dc.date.available 2016-06-13T21:27:41Z
dc.date.issued 2016-06-13
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10133/4512
dc.description.abstract Rapid urbanization in China is embedded in a modernization process with profound implications for every aspect of its social development. Rising real incomes in urban areas have triggered a sea change in Chinese meat consumption with impacts on human health and obesity via the nutritional transition, on animal welfare and disease as China develops its livestock-handling and slaughter infrastructure, and on the environmental impact of growing numbers of food animals on the landscape. The urban transformation of both coastal China and the western interior is clearly polynuclear, creating a complex urban fringe with a lengthy interface between urban and agricultural land uses. There is enormous potential for residential-agricultural land use conflict in the dynamic rural-urban fringe within the administrative boundaries of expanding cities. Expanding cities encounter a growing peri-urban zone of large-scale intensive livestock feeding operations that are drawn to fast-growing urban markets. This exploratory paper is based on secondary source materials. The FAOSTAT database published by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations was used to provide global context. The National Household Survey of the National Bureau of Statistics of China as published in the China Statistical Yearbook is used to describe the growth of meat consumption in rural and urban areas. Meat production and livestock counts are broken out by province, SAR and shi to illustrate the rural-urban and coastal-interior dichotomies in a regionalized development process divided sharply by the Aihui-Tengchong Line. The principal achievement of this paper is the description of the magnitude and relative suddenness of China’s livestock transition as it is manifest in different regions. To show the significance of the livestock transition as a component of China’s urban transformation, the paper will conclude with an evaluation of the role of public policy on animal agriculture, the influence of the “dragon head” agribusiness companies over the livestock value-chain and the influence of the urbanization process on meat consumption and livestock production. en_US
dc.language.iso en_CA en_US
dc.subject Urbanization in China en_US
dc.subject Livestock transition en_US
dc.subject Nutritional transition en_US
dc.subject Meat consumption en_US
dc.subject Polynuclear urban morphology en_US
dc.subject Intensive livestock feeding operations en_US
dc.subject Conference paper
dc.title The livestock transition, peri-urban agricultural land use and urbanization in China en_US
dc.type Other en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en_US
dc.publisher.department Department of Geography en_US
dc.publisher.institution University of Lethbridge en_US


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