Chinese Food Thursday


The small fragmented nature of Chinese farms is the crucial difference from Western ones, and it’s antithetical to the way much of the industrialized world produces food. If China is to meet its changing appetites with domestic crops, “there are a number of changes that we need,” says Huang Jikun, an agricultural economist at Peking University. Irrigation must be upgraded, he says, and technology and mechanization need to expand. But the first thing that feeding China from home requires, he says, is enlarging the country’s small farms.

The solution might seem simple: replace the patchwork quilt with a vast blanket that can be mowed down in one fell swoop. But Huang cautions that big isn’t always best. China’s staple crops of corn, rice, and wheat all yield the most food per acre at modest scales: One study suggested the sweet spot is between five and 17 acres. “If you’ve got a very small farm, a farmer is out there weeding and working very intensely,” notes Fred Gale, a senior economist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and crop yields per acre will reflect that, often being higher than if a large machine is used. China’s plan is not to merge the holdings of small farmers like Jiang and Ping into Kansas-style farms. That would be nearly impossible logistically and would also spur social disruption by uprooting millions of farmers. For now, at least, the idea is to cluster adjoining fields into farms about the size of a Walmart Supercenter parking lot.

Spend a few days with Jiang and Ping, and it can be hard to fathom that China also has some of the most sophisticated industrial farms in the world. The epitome of that is in the meat and dairy industries, which officials have modeled after those in the West. To see for myself, I had to go to eastern China, where I visited a four-year-old dairy bigger than most in the United States.

@ NG

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17 Responses to Chinese Food Thursday

  1. Den says:

    Watch as the Chinese drop like flies from eating a Western diet, high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, all the stuff we are used to by now.


  2. David B. Benson says:

    Semiclear with some actual sunshine. Cool.


  3. David B. Benson says:

    The Book of Matthew states we should care for the poor:


  4. jimhitchcock says:


    -The Real Donald Trump


  5. Den says:

    5.0 M
    180km W of Ferndale, California
    2018-01-25 17:24:33 (UTC)
    5.8 M
    173km W of Ferndale, California
    2018-01-25 16:39:43 (UTC)


  6. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    Pete and I went to the VA. Seems I have to have an appointment, so I made it for Tuesday and fortunately, Pete is off. We went to Office Depot and get me an office chair, sitting on it right now, not sure I like it. 😦 Too bad, Carol

    Went out to eat at Olive Garden, it was delicious. Soooo good.

    And we picked up an external hard drive at Best Buy. Times have changed. This one is close to the width of a smart phone, about as thin but not quite as long. It’s that small! You should see the USB cord, it’s about 18″ long. Sheesh. I haven’t tried it out yet, too much catching up to do on this computer, not going to have time to book up XP to work on projects.


  7. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    I wonder if Trump has embarrassed himself in Davos yet. I messaged a friend in Switzerland about that. He rarely uses FB though so I doubt he’ll see my message.


  8. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    By the way, I said to both my kids, just watch…the VA will want to see our marriage license. I was right. I have to bring it to the appointment. I dug it out and put it in my folder with the rest of the stuff.


  9. David B. Benson says:

    Took 14 whole minutes to stick walk up B Street to the Hillside Cafe.


  10. Den says:

    It snowed here for about 30 minutes this afternoon, huge flakes, in the 30’s now.

    Shiver me timbers!


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