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Egyptian oranges and the US-China trade war


A US Department of Agriculture’s Dec 15 report (EG/18031) states that ‘FAS Cairo forecasts a 5.1 percent increase in area planted and 9.6 percent increase in production based on growing demand for Egyptian oranges. Russia, Saudi Arabia, Netherlands and China will likely remain the top import destinations for Egyptian oranges …” Since 2-3 years ago, … Continue reading

The Soybean Trade Triangle: Argentina, China and U.S.


Do not get dizzy with this triangular trading game. Bloomberg reported on Nov 27 that “Argentina replaces China as (the) biggest US soybean buyer”, compared with “none in the same year-ago period, USDA data show …” On the other hand, “Argentina’s soybean exports will grow 15.4 million tonnes in the 2018-9 harvest season … That … Continue reading

Productivity, not reproductivity, must be the new driver of Chinese growth


Around a quarter of China’s remarkable economic growth over the past three decades or so was delivered by the dividend from its demographic structure, with a young population augmenting the workforce and lifting output in new jobs. A large proportion of the population were of working age; the proportion of the young and the old … Continue reading

Degradation of farmland makes China more determined for control of disputed South China Sea


Due to land degradation, China worries that its limited farmland will not be able to feed its huge population. Reuters says in its report that, according to the Chinese government’s mouthpiece Xinhua news agency, more than 40% of China’s arable land is degraded. As a result, China regards as even more indispensable the more than … Continue reading

China to build 200,000-ton fish farming ship at Mischief Reef, territory claimed by Philippines


The following is translated from Chinese media: Chinese scientists are planning to intensify China’s exploitation of fish resources in the South China Sea. Lei Jilin, a research fellow at Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute, repeatedly stressed in an interview with China Science Daily, “We will not merely guard our territories while neglecting exploiting our deep-sea … Continue reading

China uses fishermen to attack Vietnamese fishing boats in South China Sea


According to the Tuoi Tre News article on August 21 titled “Vietnam denounces inhuman actions against fishermen,” on that day Vietnam denounced the incident of attacking Vietnamese fishermen who were fishing at their traditional fishing ground. A Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokesman said that the Vietnamese authority was investigating the details of the incident of attacking … Continue reading

Australia’s grand plan to feed China for the next 100 years


Andrew Forrest’s grand plan for a China food deal will progress next week when the Business Council of Australia hosts a forum with industry representatives and state and federal farm ministers led by Barnaby Joyce. The meeting in Sydney on Thursday will be hosted by BCA chief executive Jennifer Westacott and will include representatives from … Continue reading

China’s commodity subsidising problems are only getting worse


Bloomberg recently reported that China, in order to aid its own cotton farmers by supporting cotton prices, has been buying up excess production into government stockpiles. The world’s biggest producer and user of cotton will have 12.7 million metric tons in inventory by July 31, 2014, 62% of the global total and enough to make … Continue reading

China buys 3 million hectares of Ukraine farmland; 5% of country


Ukraine to be China’s largest overseas farmer. Three million hectares will eventually be used to provide grain and meat for Chinese consumers China will plough billions of yuan into farmland in Ukraine that will eventually become its biggest overseas agricultural project. The move is a significant step in China’s recent efforts to encourage domestic companies … Continue reading

Australia neglects two trillion dollar opportunity exporting agricultural produce to Asia, China


Major parties are neglecting the $2 trillion opportunity of exporting agricultural produce to Asia, instead miring themselves in the “140 character” world of political bickering and failing to provide the vision and leadership required to take the nation forward, says the head of Australia‘s largest beef producer. AACo chief executive David Farley said Australia should … Continue reading

Is China cornering the world cotton market?


The Unites States is the second-largest producer of cotton, a product that everyone wears, everyone uses. But that may not be enough to ensure the security of the American cotton industry, with China now a major player in the world cotton market. “Most of the cotton now has to get in the container and go … Continue reading

China’s wealth gap to be cut


Beijing will look to boost farmers’ income, protect their land rights and seek more equitable treatment for migrant workers in cities, reports from the annual rural work conference said yesterday. Agriculture Minister Han Changfu told the two-day Central Rural Work Conference that the government would aim to narrow the gap between rural and urban residents … Continue reading

The grievances of Chinese farmers; an endless story


More than six decades after the end of feudalism in China, land-rights still remains the number one problem facing Chinese farmers, despite the law implemented in 1990 articulating that “agricultural land must be formally contracted to farmers who will have limited but sufficient freedom on the using of the land, for a term of 30 years”. … Continue reading

Can China feed itself again?


The short answer is yes, but… In an earlier article I explained how China built the Three Gorges dam, and flooded enough land to reduce its production by a substantial amount, forcing China to import an ever increasing amount from the EU.  I also suggested that China could increase production at home by following the … Continue reading

Toxic cabbage another food scandal in China


Hong Kong’s Ming Pao newspaper gives a story based on Middle Shandong Morning Post’s report that a new toxic food, toxic cabbage, has emerged in Shandong, China. Recently, people in Shandong find that cabbages on the market have a pungent smell and guess that they have been sprayed with formaldehyde to keep them fresh. Upon … Continue reading

China food production


There is trouble researching information or finding a historical timeline to see when the last time China was able to produce enough food to feed itself, but it is safe to say it was some time before Communism set in. Under Mao we know that 43 million people died, like when he had people go … Continue reading

Comment on the environment in China


Nature is the only thing that is currently truly sustainable on our planet. There’s plenty of greenwashing going on right now, especially in the U.S.  Greenhouse Project Denver is concerned with growing more local food year round in an almost closed system – where the inputs are minimal and the outputs are much greater. The … Continue reading

U.S. barnyards help China super-size food production


Inside a dimly lit barn in northeast Indiana, where the air smells faintly of corn and earth, the future of China’s food supply is squealing for attention. Continue reading

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