2018 Photo Contest, Contemporary Issues, 2nd prize

Feeding China


George Steinmetz

24 June, 2016

A network of sea cucumber pens share Yantai Harbor with an industrial shipyard where oil-drilling platforms are being built. With limited arable land, China turns to the sea to help meet food needs.

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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