News digest 01.09.16 Subjects: News digest The First Comprehensive Look at Global Food Waste Is as Bad as You’d Expect The U.S. is one of the top offenders Being vegan isn’t as good for humanity as you think Using biophysical simulation models to compare 10 eating patterns, researchers found that eating fewer animal products will increase the number of people that can be supported by existing farmland. But as it turns out, eliminating animal products altogether isn’t the best way to maximize sustainable land use. Their work was published in Elementa, a journal on the science of the anthropocene. I’ve converted to veganism to reduce my impact on the living world – George Monbiot Nothing hits the planet as hard as rearing animals. Caring for it means cutting out meat, dairy and eggs Pigs, Brexit and China: what’s the future for Britain’s farmers? The UK breeding herd has halved in 30 years, with a volatile global market squeezing pig farmers. Can they survive in the face of European upheaval and China’s bid to expand pork production? Chinese takeaway our bacon: Cost of a rasher set to rise in Britain because of increasing demand for it in China The cost of bacon is set to rise in Britain because of increasing demand for the product in China, industry experts warn. Growing awareness of animal welfare in China BEIJING: The annual Yulin dog meat festival in China’s southern Guangxi province has drawn global attention to animal welfare in China. The brutality to the dogs has drawn widespread condemnation from abroad and in the country.