China’s falling agricultural productivity has raised concerns about the affordability and safety of China’s food. China has began importing foods such as rice which are deemed to toxic and too expensive when grown in China. Toxic run off from heavy metal mining and processing has destroyed farmland while the demand for food has increased in the ever-expanding urban regions.
China’s government has made it one of their top priorities to try to fix China’s farms. China has already seen that many young people have migrated off of farms and into more urban areas in search of higher paying jobs. To alleviate this, China will expand its policy of providing direct subsidies to farmers. China’s Development Bank also plans on increasing mid- and long-term infastructure loans to rural areas. In addition, China is planning on building more infrastructure in rural areas by laying water pipes, upgrading existing power grids, and constructing networks for alternative energy (wind and solar).
By modernizing farms, China can make sure that the productivity per acre of farmland is increased and the safety of the foods increases as well. This will keep food prices low and also decrease the amount of food that must be imported into the country.
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