04-04-2014 03:52 AM | China

China invests in farms overseas as pollution threaten its fields

When Ma Wenfeng was a boy, his father earned so little money growing wheat and corn that the family mainly ate mantou, a steamed bread that is a staple of the poor. The last thing he would have dreamed of was becoming a farmer.

Now it is his greatest ambition to start a farm - but not in China, a country where the very word for "farmer", nongmin, is synonymous with "peasant". Many Chinese farmers are long past retirement age but are still tilling tiny, inefficient plots of land.

Motivated by the search for big expanses of land with abundant supplies of clean water, the Chinese are looking far afield - to the United States, Chile, Brazil, Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria and Australia.
Full Story : South China Morning Post