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The Oxford Companion to the Economics of China$
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Shenggen Fan, Ravi Kanbur, Shang-Jin Wei, and Xiaobo Zhang

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199678204

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199678204.001.0001

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Trends in food consumption and nutrition in China

Trends in food consumption and nutrition in China

(p.433) 71 Trends in food consumption and nutrition in China
The Oxford Companion to the Economics of China

Baorui Wan

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This chapter first discusses a number of food consumption and nutrition challenges in China. Although China’s urban–rural gap in food and nutrition is narrowing, dietary imbalance is an increasing problem throughout the country. There are challenges ahead related to awareness and mindset; food safety; unbalanced diets; and a lack of knowledge. The chapter introduces the Outline on the Reform and Development of China’s Dietary Patterns of 1990’s and the Development Outline on China’s Food and Nutrition (2001–2010) and presents policy recommendations for China, including an equal emphasis on food quantity and quality; establishing programmes to improve dietary nutrition; and disseminating sound knowledge of food and nutrition.

Keywords:   food consumption, nutrition, diet, health policy

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