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China's Amazing Rise in Organic Food Production

Greening the Green Revolution?

Is China at the “onset of an organic revolution“, as some observers believe? Undoubtedly, the flood of food certificates creates the impression that one third of agricultural land is already under eco-food production. And clearly, there is a growing interest in “green food” by consumers. But not everything which claims to be “organic“, really is. Uwe Hoering assesses the attempts to polish the image of China's agrarian products.

 

On the beer tins, there is a label reading “Green Food“, as well as on the sachets with rice, chips and spices, on tins and bottles. In the “green” section of the Carrefour supermarket in Beijing’s Guangqumennei Dajie, posters explain the origin of fruits and vegetables from the field to the shelf. A young sales woman stands alert to answer questions from customers. “China is now a world leader in organic production“, claims the Australian agronomist John Paull...

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