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World News: China
3 March 2015
Meat boom propels China's ecosystems into total collapse

China's farming boom has massively increased food production, writes John Dearing - especially of meat. But it has come at a massive cost: the wholesale pollution and destruction of core ecosystems. ...


17 February 2015
China's urban sprawl raises key question: can it feed its people?

An hour’s drive south of central Beijing, the city’s squat mid-rise buildings fan out into fields. Ramshackle brick houses stretch on for miles, coal and cabbage piled high by their doorsteps, while s...


13 February 2015
China's lending push bypasses cash-starved farm sector

As China pulls out the stops to get more lending into its economy to bolster flagging growth, farming, a sector that employs almost a third of its 1.4 billion people, remains in desperate need of fund...


12 February 2015
China introduces new land use regulations

Cheng Jinshang's desperation must have been great. After his land was expropriated, he set himself on fire in front of the local government's building in China's eastern Anhui Province in mid-January....


10 February 2015
Flat Chinese demand slams pork prices

For decades, Chuck Souder relied on corn and soybeans to keep his 400-acre Iowa farm running, but with corn selling for half its price two years ago and soybeans slumping, Souder has shifted to what h...


9 February 2015
GM is a question of public or private good

China does not want its genetically modified food (GM) market to be dominated by foreign products (and thus foreign companies). Such assurance by officials of Central Rural Work Leading Group, Chi...


5 February 2015
Better rural-urban integration sought in China

Along with urban expansion in the past decades, China has been paying special attention to rural development in hope of building the countryside into another economic engine. China released the ann...


3 February 2015
S. Korean move leaves Chinese garlic farmers fuming

Commodity exporters from Lanling incur huge losses after consignments are rejected on quality issues. Garlic exporters in Lanling county of Shandong province have been urged to search for new buyer...


3 February 2015
China eyes food safety, modern farms in 2015 rural policy

China has listed food safety and modernizing farms as among key priorities this year, its 2015 rural policy outline showed, as it tackles falling agricultural productivity that has raised concerns abo...


2 February 2015
China eyes food safety, modern farms in 2015 rural policy

China has listed food safety and modernizing farms as among key priorities this year, its 2015 rural policy outline showed, as it tackles falling agricultural productivity that has raised concerns abo...


30 January 2015
GM crop cultivation in China shrinks

China's genetically modified (GM) crop planting areas declined in 2014 amid heated discussions over safety concerns, a study revealed on Wednesday. Chinese farmers grew 3.9 million hectares of GM c...


30 January 2015
Avian flu rampages in Taiwan, hits China, India

Taiwan yesterday reported more than 100 avian flu outbreaks of three different subtypes, affecting hundreds of thousands of poultry, while China and India reported fresh outbreaks as well. In addit...


22 January 2015
Mutual gains from China sheep project

In 2013, the Chinese government announced its intention to achieve self- sufficiency in red meat production by 2020. This announcement was accompanied with increased research funding of NZ$340 million...


21 January 2015
Chinese milk is being dumped in fields

In a country still haunted by bitter memories of food shortages,which during the Great Leap Forward led tens of millions of Chinese to become “hungry ghosts,” the sight of milk being dumped in fields ...


20 January 2015
Milk dumping urges competitive dairy industry

The reputation of China's domestic dairy industry has been badly damaged by production-related scandals and despite demand, farmers have turned to dumping milk and slaughtering cows to cut their losse...


19 January 2015
Imported formula puts pressure on Guangdong dairy farmers

Dairy farms in southern CHina's Guangdong province are struggling to survive as sales have been stalling due to cheaper imported milk powder, reports the local Southern Metropolis Daily. According ...


16 January 2015
Why China’s growing cities do not threaten farmland

China recently announced strict controls to stop big cities expanding on to neighbouring farmland. The Minister for Land and Resources Jiang Daming justified these controls by claiming that good farml...


15 January 2015
Profit warning sours China milk outlook

Yashili Holdings, the Chinese infant formula maker part-owned by Danone, has warned full-year profits will fall by almost half, sending jitters through other strategic and financial investors who pile...


14 January 2015
Farms hit by bird flu to be subsidized

In response to the recent outbreak of new strains of H5N2 and H5N8 bird flu, the Council of Agriculture (COA) announced yesterday that farmers affected by the outbreaks will be subsidized for their lo...


14 January 2015
Australia to cash in on China milk boom

A free trade deal with China that slashes tariffs on dairy exports could turn Australia into a land of milk - if not honey - and set it up to take advantage of China's addiction to Western powdered mi...


13 January 2015
Chinese dairy farmers throw away milk

Chinese farmers are reportedly throwing away at least a tonne of milk each day as milk prices plunged like anything, in the last 10 months. Desperate farmers are said to be killing cows as there is no...


12 January 2015
China hit by new food safety scandal

Chinese police have arrested more than 110 people on suspicion of selling pork from diseased pigs in the country's latest food safety scandal. Public Security said in a statement Monday that more t...


12 January 2015
China dairy farmers dump milk due to falling milk prices

In an unprecedented campaign, scores of Chinese farmers dumped tonnes of milk and killed their own cows to protest against falling milk prices, prompting authorities to intervene and take steps to sup...


9 January 2015
Across China: Chinese dairy farmers struggling

In the rural areas of north China's Hebei Province, local farmers have started feeding pigs something unusual: fresh cow's milk. The farmers are not trying to make the pigs healthier. Their new die...


8 January 2015
Dairy farmers in China hit by cheap imports

Dairy farmers in China's Shandong province have reportedly been putting down their cattle and dumping milk at the start of 2015 after the country saw milk prices plummet in the past year, the Chinese-...


7 January 2015
How Chinese farmers can reap more than they sow

Consumer-driven organic farming practices in China have the potential to stem falling participation rates in the agriculture sector and help ensure the safety and sustainability of Chinese food produc...


5 January 2015
Tears ahead for China-driven milk boom in New Zealand

Uppity Kiwis feeling boastful about their dollar approaching parity with the mighty Aussie might do well to stick to rugby for their kicks. Their China-driven boom is coming to an end as quickly as Au...


5 January 2015
Farming still has a part to play in Hong Kong

Hong Kong's agriculture industry is a shadow of what it once was. Just 2 per cent of vegetables are locally grown, compared to one-third up to the 1980s. Local production constitutes just 0.1 per cent...


1 January 2015
Hong Kong bans live poultry imports from China

Hong Kong stepped up its fight against bird flu on New Year’s Eve, as live poultry imports from China were banned and government workers began to cull about 15,000 chickens in a wholesale poultry mark...


28 December 2014
Lawmakers highlight rural reform, agricultural modernization

China's lawmakers on Saturday called on the government to update rural land-use policies to modernize and streamline the agriculture sector. The State Council on Tuesday submitted a report on rural...