The web is a fabulous resource for coming across interesting titbits, like this lettuce dress, modelled by Chinesse actress Gao Yuanyuan.
The dress and shoot forms part of a PETA campaign to encourage Chinese consumers to go vegetarian. As living standards have improved in China, there has been a huge rise in meat consumption. Today, the average Chinese eats 55 kg of meat per year in a country that traditionally has had a vegetable-rich diet.
According to a Jason Baker who was interviewed in a Reuter’s article,
“Per capital consumption is still lower compared to the Western world, but it’s changing — it’s getting worse,” he said, noting that factory farming of meat has begun in China as well.
“Consumption is going up, and related to that so are diseases related to meat consumption – cancer, heart disease.”
For more reading, this is quite an interesting article about how the increased demand for meat could affect world food prices. (It is a 2008 article, so is a bit dated.)
And another one about the growing demand for processed meat.