China now consumes more than 25 percent of the meat eaten worldwide.
According to our sister site sustainablog:
…the country’s 1.35 billion people are hungry for more. In 1978, China’s meat consumption of 8 million tons was one third the U.S. consumption of 24 million tons. But by 1992, China had overtaken the United States as the world’s leading meat consumer—-and it has not looked back since. Now China’s annual meat consumption of 71 million tons is more than double that in the United States.
There are two factors at work here: people in China are eating more meat while US meat consumption is falling.
You can read more about meat in China and the environmental implications of the increasing demand for meat there over at sustainablog.