2018 Photo Contest, Contemporary Issues, 2nd prize

Feeding China


George Steinmetz

21 June, 2016

Students Shandong Lanxiang Senior Technical School, Shandong, eastern China, learn how to stir-fry. They are taught to prepare both traditional dishes, and those suited to a changing Chinese palate.

Rapidly rising incomes in China have led to a changing diet and increasing demand for meat, dairy and processed foods. China needs to make use of some 12 percent of the world’s arable land to feed nearly 19% of the global population.

New technologies and agricultural reform offer a partial solution, but problems remain as farmers and the young flock to work in cities, leaving an aging rural population, and as land becomes contaminated by industry.

About the photographer

George Steinmetz

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