The Future of Healthcare

Held on September 10th, 2015, Bayer and a group of industry leaders brought their expertise to discuss current and future healthcare challenges that patients face in China and explored ways forward. During a series of interactive workshops, participants worked together to understand the issues from a patient’s perspective, and discussed how they can turn them into opportunities that can drive b…

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Three Areas Where Social Entrepreneurs Should Focus in China

Following up from my post last week where I said "there is going to be a HUGE market for providing that capacity ", I was asked for a few examples of where I saw opportunities for products / services. 1) Urbanization and migrants With over 200+ cities with more than a million people, and a few hundred million expected to make a move to the city, this is one of the largest opportunities for new…

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Study of Environmental Health in China.

In this month's Lancelot, a group of 6 authors have published the 10 page article Environmental health in China: progress towards clean air and safe water, and I would highly recommend readers take the time to download the paper (right click here) and read it. Here is their summary: Environmental risk factors, especially air and water pollution, are a major source of morbidity and mortality in…

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Future of Food in Hong Kong

Seems food is a hot topic these days in greater China, and in reviewing some other materials I came across this presentation by Dr. Guillermo Moreno at Sparks! 2009 Hong Kong event. Unlike many of the other recent posts we have put up, this one is focused on non-terrestrial food sources - the aquatics.. and the first few minutes paint a very grim picture. So what we have done is vacuumed out t…

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Organics in China

One of the more recent Asia Society videos caught my eye, Organics in Asia, as it contained within it several bits on China. The first of which was from Stoneyfield CEO (chapter 2) , who says he spent time in China from '79 - '86 (a true old China hand) who focused on the pure numbers and scale of organics in China.…

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Visiting Shanghai’s Tongchu Organic Farm

Located in Songjiang, Tongchu ‘s farm is about an hour’s drive from downtown Puxi and quite easy to get to. Driving southwest and once you leave the downtown freeways and roads the agricultural fields are suddenly noticeable and a contrast to the other farm areas we’ve visited so far. There are a handful of light industrial factories and we crossed the Huangpu river (which by the way didn’t l…

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Cigar Smoking in Shanghai’s Restaurants

A bit of a rant here, but why is it that within many of Shanghai's restaurants it is still considered acceptable to smoke a cigar?  Over the weekend, while enjoying my lunch with a friend in a cafe where the entire menu is "healthy" a patron came in a lite up a cigar, which naturally polluted the entire 40 person space that was the main area of the cafe And it was not the first time that this h…

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A Trip to the Farm. Tony’s Farm

Tony’s Farm is located in Nanhui district and by car is just over an hour from downtown Puxi . It’s a large scale commercial operation with 280 acres of organic vegetables surrounded by other farm and agricultural land. Unlike some of the other organic farms this is a huge project and they are currently building their own moats, or what are best described as moats around the farm to create…

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A Visit to Shanghai’s First Organic Farm. Biofarm

Hi everyone, my name is Kimberly and I have recently been asked to contribute to this website in the area of health, food, nutrition & well-being. I’ve been in China for almost 8 and a half years and have always been conscious of our surroundings in terms or air, water, food but have never really taken the time to explore certain areas for myself. Until now that is. Over the past 10 mon…

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China’s Environmental Costs: Cancer

While attending the JUCCCE conference last year, I began to understand that when looking at clean technologies, or otherwise making the case for "sustainability", it was important to understand the health costs to remaining brown. That in the end, policy makers and agency officials would eventually connect the dots and begin making investments into sustainability as the costs of their health care…

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