SINGAPORE (Mar 4): Tao Zhang is bullish on sustainability in China — especially when it comes to livestock emissions. The founder of US-China impact investing consortium Dao Ventures has spent much of the past year looking to accelerate investment in more environmentally friendly plant-based or lab-grown meat for Chinese consumers through a new company, Dao Foods.

Climate change activists are worried that China’s increasing appetite for meat is further straining natural resources and causing methane emissions to soar. Yet Zhang and a new crop of impact investors believe that this, and China’s many other environmental and social concerns, can be solved with capital.

“China lacks water and natural resources, so this is something that needs to happen,” says Zhang, who splits his time between Beijing and Washington, DC. “China’s a big consumer market, so we’re always thinking about ways to make Chinese consumers part of the solution.”

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