China Is Running Out of Ideas to Solve Its Pork Shortage

Shoppers select pork in a supermarket in Hangzhou, China, June 12, 2019 (Photo by Long Wei for FeatureChina via AP Images).
Shoppers select pork in a supermarket in Hangzhou, China, June 12, 2019 (Photo by Long Wei for FeatureChina via AP Images).

Editor’s Note: Every Wednesday, WPR Newsletter and Engagement Editor Benjamin Wilhelm curates the week’s top news and expert analysis on China. For months, pork prices in China have risen steadily as the country battles an epidemic of African swine fever, a disease that is not harmful to humans but is fatal to pigs. Government data released this week showed a 50 percent increase in pork prices in August compared to the same time last year. Pork is a favorite among Chinese consumers, and with several major holidays around the corner, authorities are treating the shortage as a “national priority.” China […]

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