Published on China Today, January 2010.
The farmer’s lot has improved in China. However the rise of agribusiness and its growing profits favors big farms, big management and big capitalization. Land reform isn’t over.
The recent steep rise in food prices has sparked fresh fears for a global food crisis. In September 2009 the United Nations hosted a conference in New York on global food security and strategies to combat ongoing food shortages in the wake of the financial crisis. In his speech UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called the global food crisis “an issue that affects all of us because food security is about economic, environmental and national security for individual homelands and the world.” He cited the UN Food Agency figure that over one billion people on earth go hungry every day … //
… The following stories anchor different perspectives and round out a picture of agriculture’s evolution for our readers:
- A Rice Paddy’s Potential;
- Super Rice Man Yuan Longping;
- Farmers and Consumers United by Health Concerns;
- Food Security Seeks Salvation in Eco-Farming.