Hunger in China

Hunger in China by Li Hui

China is the world's most populous country and one of the largest producers and consumers of agricultural products. Over 40% of China's labor force is engaged in agriculture, even though only 10% of the land is suitable for cultivation and agriculture. China is among the world's largest producers of rice, corn, wheat, soybeans, vegetables, tea, and pork.

China's food supply has been to increase the number and efficiency of its farms. In the 21st century, however, China is likely to encounter limits to the amount of food it can grow. Cropland is more widespread than oil fields, but they are not making any more of it. As the cities expand, agriculture comes into conflict with urban life and industrial development.

Nowadays, thirty million people in China are starving because they do not get sufficient food each day. Many families who have secured sufficient food supplies are in danger of slipping back into malnutrition due to illness or natural disasters. Judging by the World Bank standard income of US $1 a day, there are 100 million Chinese people living in poverty.

Most of the country's free capital has been invested into commercial enterprises in urban areas, leaving rural areas in increasing poverty. Until the government finds a way to stimulate rural investment, it will not be possible for all Chinese to have sufficient food.

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