However, things are changing, and estimates put the vegetarian community at 4% to 5% of the population which equate to around 50 million people! Now there are a large number of veg restaurants in the major cities including the 'Gingko Tree' in Beijing offering more than just tofu and leafy greens. Chefs are inventing new ways to make meat style meals out of tofu to attract more Chinese consumers and it is working. Also, fear of the environmental calamities which are occurring due the the rapid growth of the manufacturing sector in that country has also spurred people to rethink their diets and trend towards more eco-friendly ingredients according to this article from PRI.
With such a huge population in China, any growth in this trend will have positive implications for the planet!