Food Security Laws in China to be Reviewed

Published Date : Nov 16, 2015

China has emerged as the world’s fastest growing economy. Furthermore, China boasts of the largest population in the world. Recently, the one child policy in the country was ended. This is projected to increase the population of the country even more. China has 20% of the world’s population. However, the farmland in China is just 9%. With the growing population and lack of farmland, policy makers are now reviewing the food security laws in the nation.

The approach to food security in China is under scrutiny not only because of the rising population of the country, but also because of the food scams and pollution problems in the nation. In the past few decades, the number of consumers switching from the local food to the imported organic food produce and products has grown. In order to prevent any health issues with food, the government has introduced many laws in order to stress on food security in the country.

Last week, a meeting with the State Council comprising most senior lawmakers in China stated that it was inevitable that regional leaders should be at the forefront of the food security system, in light of China witnessing a tight balance of food supply and demand for a quite long period of time. The State Council stated that governors will be responsible to ensure a stable expanse of farmland and also its continued fertility and the quality of grain the land produces along with the pollution control.

In addition to this, provincial chiefs will be responsible for grain reserve data’s accuracy and also looking out for the interests of farmers in the country. The performance of these chiefs will examine by officials from around 10 government agencies. These agencies include the Ministry of Agriculture, the State Administration of Grain, and the National Development and Reform Commission.