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What We’re Reading: Fake rice, China’s crop production, and the GMO debate

Every week we’ll round up our favorite reads around the web on China’s food-related topics and more.

CHINA FOOD NEWS

Fake rice made from paper discovered in Guangdong. (Shanghaiist)

Stats & more stats: Since 1980, China has tripled its major crop rotation while farmland only grew 10 percent. How? The quadrupling of chemical fertilizer and pesticide use after 1991. (China Daily)

China faces a “formidable task” to clean up its water pollution, says the vice premier. One-third of major Chinese river basins and 60 percent of its underground water are contaminated. (Reuters)

China has become the largest investor in Australia’s agricultural sector. (Wall Street Journal)

Ministry of Agriculture says all certified genetically modified foods sold on the Chinese market are safe. (Ecns.cn)

& RELATED

On the use of academics in the GMO vs organics debate: “There is a friggin’ war going on around this stuff. And everyone is looking to gain as much leverage as they can.” (New York Times)

 

What We’re Reading: China’s deflating farm prices, GMO investigations, and more

Every week we’ll round up our favorite reads around the web on China’s food-related topics and more.

CHINA FOOD NEWS

China’s farmers are in for a rough ride, as the government reduces agriculture support and allows farm prices to deflate. (Asian Review)

Nearly half of the world’s pigs are raised and eaten in China. The government even has the world’s first and only national pork reserve. (Cargill)

China will launch a nation-wide investigation over the suspected illegal cultivation of GMO crops. (Reuters)

Rising pork prices drive up inflation in China. (Wall Street Journal)

China’s first cloned, genetically modified cow gives birth. (Xinhua)

& RELATED

World’s most influential restaurant, Noma, to close and reopen as an urban farm. (New York Times)

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