Category Archives: China

A botanical surprise in Hong Kong

Coming to Hong Kong from Nanning is a bit of a culture shock. Yes, there were big shopping malls in Nanning and we foolishly let a taxi driver take us to one packed with designer labels from the west, but … Continue reading

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China vignettes 5 – Community supported agriculture, agro-ecological farming, participatory plant breeding in maize and rice-duck system in S W China

In late September, I ended up accompanying a group of students from Lancaster University to China again. You can get a flavour of what we saw and did in this video – including the wonderful demonstration of traditional dancing laid … Continue reading

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China vignettes 4. Around the Pearl River delta 2: Large-scale organic horticulture

The next day we visit something on a totally different scale. This is a huge farm planting mainly organic veg mostly under plastic covering an area of about 80 ha. The farm manager, Mr Lee, tells as the firm – … Continue reading

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China vignettes 3 – Around the Pearl River Delta 1

Downtown Guangzhou by night, from the river and suburbs by day The contrast between the high-rise, brightly lit at night, bustling city, with multiple level road flyovers and the rural areas around it is striking. On our first trip out … Continue reading

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China vignettes 2 – Water in China

One key challenge for China in general is water. Its green revolution, that has seen its per capita food production rise more than three fold since the 1960s, has been achieved by major inputs of fertilizer, irrigation, plastic film, and … Continue reading

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China vignettes 1 – impressions

Astounding 1600 yr old rice terraces, expanding cities, surprising labour shortages, huge organic vegetable production by Guangzhou, small village plots, recent science on soils, water and roots. These are the topics running round my head as I wait for the … Continue reading

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