Chinese soybean buyers tour of Wayne Fredericks’ farm in Mitchell County.
Chinese consumers had to dig deeper into their pockets in August 2012 when purchasing foods. Fresh vegetables were 23.8% more expensive. The National Bureau of Statistics reported recently that the price index for food was 3.4% higher than last year. Of foods which were compared to August 2011, in particular fresh vegetables (+23.8%) and fruit
Like everyone else, Chinese people love fast food. Western purveyors of salty, fatty delectables such as McDonald’s and KFC serve up vast quantities of lunch and dinner to the world’s most populous nation. But not breakfast. Chinese consumers have yet to be won over by the Egg McMuffin or even the breakfast platter (a mix
An agreement in principle has been reached between the United States and China to allow the first U.S. fresh pears into that country next year and a third variety of pears from China, Sand pears, into the U.S. The Pacific Northwest pear industry has been working for access to China for 18 years. It expects
USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) office in Beijing received a draft phytosanitary protocol from Chinese plant health officials covering prospective exports of U.S.-grown rice to China. A translation of the document has been sent to APHIS headquarters in Riverdale, Md., for review and assessment and to formulate a response. The U.S. rice industry has been
More than 345,000 people have moved into new homes. The relocation started three years ago. It is the second largest relocation in modern Chinese water conservancy projects after the Three Gorges Dam.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao was today presented with a top United Nations award for his efforts to increase food production, contributing significantly to reducing the number of people around the world suffering from extreme poverty. “Let me give you one number that illustrates the magnitude of this contribution,” the Director-General of the UN Food and
Chinese scientists have set a world record by harvesting 12,575 kg of seed cotton on a single hectare of land in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, data released Sunday showed. The output, 838.31 kg per mu (0.067 hectares), has surpassed the former world record by over 100 kg per mu, said Li Xueyuan, deputy
China passed the U.S. last year for the first time to become the biggest importer of agricultural products and also increased its exports, according to data by the World Trade Organization. Imports, including food and beverages, rose 34% to $144.7 billion in 2011 from $108.3 billion in 2010, according to Bloomberg calculations based on data