China has more than 10,000 accredited green food companies producing more than 26,000 types of products, latest statistics showed. China’s green food industry is growing fast, and gradually expanding its market share, said Wang Yunhao, director of China Green Food Development Center (CGFDC) which oversees the country’s organic food standards…Full Article: Xinhua Aug 2017

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  • In August 2017, the 18th China Green Food Expo began in Baotou, Inner Mongolia Region.

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  • In June 2017, China’s Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) launched a program to substitute chemical fertilizers with organic alternatives. The fertilizer-replacement program focused on tea, vegetables, and fruit production. The MoA held an implementation meeting in Hubei Province, central China. During the same month, it was noted that less than half of China’s annual 3 billion MTs of livestock bio-waste undergoes adequate treatment and disposal.
  • In March 2017, China’s Minister of Agriculture announced it would launch a campaign to lower the country’s fertilizer usage. According to China’s Ministry of Agriculture, the horticulture sector accounts for 40% of the country’s fertilizer use. By 2020, the country hopes to reduce fertilize usage on its fruits, vegetables and tea crops by 50%. The ministry also stated it hoped to reduce the use of plastic mulch, while also promoting more recycle-friendly thicker mulch. Lastly, the ministry hopes to reduce the number of fishing boats around the Yangtze River and coastal region by 20,000 by 2020.
  • Established in 1992 and headquartered in Beijing, China Green Food Development Center (CGFDC) operates under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture and is charged with overseeing the country’s organic food sector.

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