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New Model of Organic Farming Sprouting in Chinese Suburbs

By Wan Su: Caixin Online

Farmers are contracting with customers to provide a year’s worth of produce, an approach one academic says could be viable.
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(Beijing) – A new model of locally organized organic farming has taken root in Beijing and Shanghai in recent years, and an academic says it could be a viable way for the industry to blossom.

The model – an alternative to large-scale organic farming – sees farmers in the suburbs of large cities grow produce on their own or in groups. They then sell the fruits and vegetables to city-dwellers.

Du Xiangge, a professor at China Agricultural University, said recently that this approach could be an efficient way to develop the industry. Continue reading