China's inefficient farming industry
A revealing short film on the inefficient farming system that is hindering Chinese growth and development. According to the Economist, as middle-class appetites for food grow, China is past the point of being able to rely on its own farms. In 2011 it became the world's largest importer of agricultural products.
But China still believes that in order to prevent hunger, the country must produce most, if not all, of its staple foods at home rather than rely on unpredictable world markets, a belief which has led to inefficient food-production practices. So what makes China's agricultural system inefficient?