Wanqing Zhou: Plant-Forward and Backward in China

Wanqing Zhou: Plant-Forward and Backward in China

As the way China eats transforms, food activism and education are rising to address these changes. This week’s episode of Chewing the Fat collaborates with Kate Logan of Beijing Energy Network podcast Environment China to interview Wanqing Zhou to learn about her research and grassroots organizing in China. Starting with an overview of the country’s food system, we then discuss the ways Chinese people have historically eaten, and what this means for a trend like a plant-forward diet. In other words, in what ways should place and culture inform or complicate our approaches to food and agriculture, even ones seen sometimes as universal? How do collaborations then emerge to transform the relationships between people, food, farming, and the environment?

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