2013 Food & Agriculture Feature Stories

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Empty cities: after the earthquake

Feature Story | 2013-04-02 at 3:00

In 2008 the tragic Wenchuan earthquake in Sichuan killed many and destroyed a vast number of homes. Five years later in the midst of reconstruction, and with dozens of unoccupied apartment blocks, villagers of Renhe, Jinhua near Shifang found...

The "foolish" men and a phosphorus mountain

Feature Story | 2013-04-02 at 3:00

There is an old Chinese tale of a "foolish old man" whose home was penned in by two mountains, making access to and fro difficult. The man declared he would move the mountains, earning ridicule from his neighbours in the process. But the man...

Living with Danger

Publication | 2013-04-02 at 3:00

China is the world’s largest phosphate fertilizer producer. In its current state it is at serious overcapacity. By the end of 2011 this colossal phosphate fertilizer industry has left the country with 300 million tons of phosphogypsum, an...

How ancient Chinese farmers had it right all along, and other eco-friendly rice...

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2013-01-03

In China's epic 7,000 year history of rice farming, all but the last 30 has been what we would call "totally organic." Unfortunately 30 years is enough to derail a very fine and long love affair, with two developments popping up to...

Why going organic is more than just a lifestyle

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-10-25

The above image currently making the rounds on the internet is a wry reminder that 'organic food', which is at different times branded as elitist, trendy, and only for yuppies, was once the everyday norm. And rather than seeing...

Romance in China's rice fields

Image | 2012-10-22 at 9:00

Having "Yangluo Rice" together is a way to show love for the young Dai people in Xinping country. Rice growing is an integral part of the community's history and culture. Just another example of why it is so important we protect China's rice...

The genetically engineered "Golden" Rice lacks lustre

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-09-05 1 comment

Last week we wrote of the rather disturbing news that 24 Chinese children had been fed genetically engineered (GE) Golden Rice  in a trial backed by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), despite state authorities having come out...

24 children used as guinea pigs in genetically engineered "Golden Rice" trial

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-08-31 1 comment

The above picture taken from our 2004 'Rice is Life' tour where we captured images from traditional, chemical-free paddy fields. How would you feel if I told you that a group of scientists had come to the United States, and fed...

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