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Who Will Feed China: Agribusiness or Its Own Farmers? Decisions in Beijing Echo Around the World

The rising meat consumption by the Chinese urban population is impacting domestic and foreign agriculture due to China's growing dependence on imports of animal feed. China's opening of its market to cheap maize imports will push millions of Chinese households out of maize production and convert them into cheap laborers, displace communities and destroy local food systems in foreign countries to make way for exports. This decision is another example of China's shift to industrial agriculture, which further strengthen a global corporate food system at the detriment of smallholder farmers.

By Grain

August 4, 2012

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