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Introduction

 
Data - Diet Change
Food Calories Available for Human Consumption in China by Commodity, 1961-1996 ( see: data)
  In kcal per person per day   In percent of total calorie supply  
     
  Source: FAO (1999): FAOSTAT. Electronic Database (data downloaded from web: February 16, 1999)  
According to FAO estimates, the total food calorie supply in China increased from 1,642 to 2,844 kcal per person per day. Most of this increase in food energy came from a much higher supply of animal products (especially meat) and wheat products. In 1961 wheat and wheat products contributed only 10% of the total calorie supply - in 1996 it was more than 20%. The increase in meat supply was even bigger. While meat and other animal products contributed only about 3% to the average diet in the early 1960s, they provided more than 17% of the calories in the mid-1990s.
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