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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LOHAO City Organic

During a recent trip to Beijing, I came across the impressive Lohao City Organic Store north of the Guomao complex. It was filled with bags and bags of grains, seeds, and other products, and what I particularly liked about their packaging was that it was transparent. English and Chinese labels, with province of origin.  There were a number of items that were imported, clearly gaps in the Chinese…

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China’s Pesticides

Following Greenpeace's report on the usage of pesticides in China, I was alerted to a video Greenpeace posted on the same topic where members of the Greenpeace team go out to the farm to capture some footage of what goes on inside the green houses. Needless to say, I am glad to be meeting with members of the organic community this week to discuss educating farmers!…

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Organic Certifcations: Green N Safe

Perhaps one of the biggest problems in China's Organic industry is that there are a number of labels, several certifications, and consumer trust in any of these is poor. So, when visiting the Organic Hotpot on Shanxi road, I was intrigued by the restaurant's Green N Safe certification. A coalition of three groups, 2 based in Taiwan and 1 in Shanghai, offers a certification under the logo , whi…

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UN Report On China’s Infrastructure for Food Safety

Following my post last week, the UN released the 30 page report Advancing Food Safety in China. PDF Here Primarily written in response to, and as a study of, the recent milk contamination cases, this paper is an excellent guide for those who are looking to understand more about the regulatory environment, the agencies, and the processes that monitor food quality and addresses problems that arise. With the highline being: China has made a lot of progress over the last 5 years, but it still has a long way to go, the authors have taken a very logical approach:

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Greening China’s Food

In so many forums, articles, and discussions, it is China's air pollution that is front and center, but one of the most important issues for China going forward will be food. The Greening of China’s Food - Green Food, Organic Food, and Eco-labeling by John Paul at The Australian National University Canberra, Australia,is an excellent paper that details: This paper examines the rapid rise of gre…

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