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Agriculture in China

The daily food requirements of 1.3 billion people drives China to secure resources across the world.
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China has 1.34 billion people that require, daily, resources to sustain their needs. Food is a major need. China's arable land, which represents 10% of the total arable land in the world, has to support over 20% of the world's population [Wikipedia]. To insure there are sources of food available to its people, China is working to develop relationships with companies and governments the world over.

Some of their partners help by providing educational assistance to boost productivity. Just recently Nestlé SA setup a program to teach Chinese dairy farmers how to care for their cows. This helps the production farms in China and helps Nestlé by setting up a stable supply chain for their products.

Others ways China is securing food is through imports of food products other countries normally dispose of. Chicken paws are a favorite food item in Asia, but in the USA they have traditionally been a waste product. Over the last several years companies like Perdue Farms have modified their US plants to effectively harvest the chicken paws and ship them to China. This benifits both parties: China gets a steady supply of a favorite food and Perdue gets a new source of revenue.

Other developed relationships have made China a major importer of soybeans and cotton. According to Bloomberg, China imports of soybeans, September through December 2011, rose 6.3 percent from the year earlier. Similar examples are occurring in agricultural products like pork, beef, and corn, though with seasonal differences.

To help people better understand the environment, please review the Chinese agriculture resource page.


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