Longji rice terraces in Longsheng in southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. China already produces large volumes of ingredients for plant-based meat, including rice, wheat, potatoes and peas. But cultivation of nutritious pulses, which also show promise as alternative protein sources, continues to lag behind. Photo: Xinhua Longji rice terraces in Longsheng in southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. China already produces large volumes of ingredients for plant-based meat, including rice, wheat, potatoes and peas. But cultivation of nutritious pulses, which also show promise as alternative protein sources, continues to lag behind. Photo: Xinhua
Longji rice terraces in Longsheng in southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. China already produces large volumes of ingredients for plant-based meat, including rice, wheat, potatoes and peas. But cultivation of nutritious pulses, which also show promise as alternative protein sources, continues to lag behind. Photo: Xinhua
Ryan Huling
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Ryan Huling

How China can dominate the future of plant-based meat production

  • The growth of plant-based meat presents a great opportunity for crop producers in Asia, especially China. A shift away from industrial animal agriculture could also help the country combat the threat of climate change

Longji rice terraces in Longsheng in southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. China already produces large volumes of ingredients for plant-based meat, including rice, wheat, potatoes and peas. But cultivation of nutritious pulses, which also show promise as alternative protein sources, continues to lag behind. Photo: Xinhua Longji rice terraces in Longsheng in southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. China already produces large volumes of ingredients for plant-based meat, including rice, wheat, potatoes and peas. But cultivation of nutritious pulses, which also show promise as alternative protein sources, continues to lag behind. Photo: Xinhua
Longji rice terraces in Longsheng in southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. China already produces large volumes of ingredients for plant-based meat, including rice, wheat, potatoes and peas. But cultivation of nutritious pulses, which also show promise as alternative protein sources, continues to lag behind. Photo: Xinhua
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Ryan Huling

Ryan Huling

Ryan Huling is the head of communications and programmes for The Good Food Institute Asia Pacific. He previously served as an international expert on nutrition and sustainable food systems for the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.