Ronnie Vernooy, For Food Security, China Tries an Alternative to Industrial Agriculture, The Solutions Journal, Volume 3, Issue 1, January 2012, Pages 62-69 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/for-food-security-china-tries-an-alternative-to-industrial-agriculture/) Abstract: China’s economic growth in recent years has been extraordinary but uneven. Vulnerable groups, such as smallholder farmers and their communities, are most affected by this unbalanced development, which is expressed in terms of widening income gaps between urban and rural regions, unequal government support to industry and agriculture, a focus on the East Coast and neglect of remote western rural areas, and the prioritization of economic development over protection of the environment. This is leading to enormous challenges, such as enduring extreme rural poverty and increasing socioeconomic inequality, feminization and aging of the agricultural workforce, severe environmental degradation, and serious erosion of biodiversity.1 Ensuring China’s food security has recently been added to these concerns. Food insecurity persists in a number of provinces, mostly in western and central China: 130 million people are believed to be food insecure or undernourished. Most of these people … Topics: Agriculture & Food; Security; Sustainability