CHEW: China's Health, Environment and Welfare Research Group is pleased to announce Oxford's first screening of a new documentary that examines the rapidly increasing consumption of animal-based foods in China:

What's For Dinner

Date: Monday, February 16

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Vanue: Wadham College, Parks Road, OX1 3PN Oxford, Oxfordshire

'What's for Dinner?' is a 29-minute documentary by award-winning independent filmmaker Jian Yi, co-produced by US 'action tank' Brighter Green and dGenerate Films. Through interviews with pig farmers, abbatoir operators, livestock entrepreneurs and environmentalists, this film offers a unique look into China’s rapidly changing food and agricultural landscape and sheds light on some of its consequences for public health, sustainability, the environment, climate change, and animal welfare. Much of the footage documents places, people, and events that have never been filmed before in China.

The screening will be introduced by Mia MacDonald, Executive Director of Brighter Green and Senior Fellow at Worldwatch Institute. Isabel Hilton, Editor of and international journalist and broadcaster, will offer comments.

Meet at Wadham College lodge at 6pm to be taken through to the Gillese-Badun room in the MCR.


CHEW Conference 2014: Environmental, Health and Welfare Challenges for a Changing China

Date: 30 April 2014

Time: 10:30am – 5 pm

Location: E P Abraham Lecture Theatre, Green Templeton College, Oxford

China’s rapid economic development has dramatically transformed the country’s social and environmental landscape in recent decades. Such changes call for interdisciplinary collaboration and innovative methods of inquiry. This one-day conference will bring together scholars from China, North America and the UK to explore issues affecting the natural environment, public health, and human welfare in China through a variety of theoretical frameworks, research methodologies, and practical experiences.

CHEW (China’s Health, Environment and Welfare) is pleased to announce that Dr. Michael Hathaway, Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Simon Fraser University, will be our keynote speaker. His talk, ‘The Emergence of Global Environmentalism in China’ will address how global environmentalism has been reshaping rural China over the past two decades, and how activities in China have, in turn, reshaped what we imagine to be global environmentalism.

We are delighted to provide lunch to our audience!

Further information: email

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Dr Tara Garnett, who runs the Food Climate Research Network, has brought out a major new report on the social, economic and environmental transformations in China’s food system.

Appetite for Change provides a detailed and integrative analysis of the dramatic changes in China’s food system over the last 35 years, and explores the linkages among the environmental, health, economic and cultural trends that are emerging.


People » Anna Lora-Wainwright

University Lecturer in the Human Geography of China & Fellow of St Cross College

Anna's work embodies a particular synergy between human geography and the study of China and focuses on environmental pollution, development and health in the Chinese countryside.