Let them eat chicken? Why all options are on the table to solve China’s pork crisis

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On a windy autumn afternoon Beijing taxi driver Zhou Shidong walked into a tiny restaurant and ordered a bowl of luzhu.

The Beijing dish of pork intestine and lung has traditionally been a cheap source of meat protein for people in China but for Zhou it is becoming unaffordable.

“It’s crazy. The price has jumped from 18 yuan (US$2.56) a couple of months ago to 25 yuan [per bowl],” he grumbled. “And the two slices of pig’s head meat have disappeared!”

The restaurant owner was just as upset.

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