COVID-19 and the Asian meat complex


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Author: Arve Hansen and Jostein Jakobsen, University of Oslo While parts of East Asia have long been home to meat-intensive diets, the last couple of decades have seen the production, trade and consumption of meat increase dramatically . The region is undergoing a dramatic process of what geographer Tony Weis has dubbed ‘ meatification ’. This change has led to the emergence of an Asian ‘ meat complex ’ tying Asian countries to each other and to the larger world through the medium of meat commodities and their feedstocks. The COVID-19 pandemic has large ramifications for the Asian meat complex....