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How is China able to provide enough food to feed its population of over 1 billion people? Do they import food or are they self-sustainable?

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    This is an interesting and mainly factual description of modern Chinese agriculture. For a nation with only 12% arable land, it's done an astonishing job of ensuring intensive cultivation for...

    This is an interesting and mainly factual description of modern Chinese agriculture. For a nation with only 12% arable land, it's done an astonishing job of ensuring intensive cultivation for high-quality dietary inputs. I wasn't aware that China had pursued greenhouse agriculture as aggressively as Holland, in addition to the permaculture cycles of fish-farming/silk cultivation.

    Based on friends' reports, in confirmation of the author's story, mainland Chinese people generally can afford extremely varied, high-nutrient diets.

    That being said, the author does mention some issues in sustainable land use, such as urbanization. Not mentioned are water table depletion, pollution, fertilizer imports, and the colonization, suppression, and potentially involuntary agricultural servitude of Tibetans and Uighurs.

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