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China’s Poor Food Handling Systems Lead To Huge Amounts Of Waste

November 14, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Thanks to lower prices -- the cost to import grain has dropped 30 percent in the last two years -- China is importing much more this year than last year. But a major problem persists: China wastes vast amounts of grain and other foods. The country discards 35 million metric tons a year because of faulty storage, transportation and processing systems. A government grain official told China Daily that the discarded grain could feed 200 million people for a year, a ”shameful” situation. Inferior food storage systems have led to the spoilage of large quantities of fruit, vegetables, and meat.
Christina Larson, "China Wastes Half as Much Grain as It Imports", Bloomberg Businessweek, November 14, 2014, © Bloomberg L.P.
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