China’s Food Safety: Challenges and Opportunities

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Chinas Food Safety: Challenges and Opportunities. Pei-Hwa Ho peihwaho@gmail.com. Background. Wanted to promote a natural bacteria-based fertilizer and insecticide. It can increase yield, improve quality, and soften soils, and has high return on investments for fruits, veggies, and teas. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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<p>Whats Unique About Doing Business in China? </p> <p>Chinas Food Safety:Challenges and Opportunities</p> <p>Pei-Hwa Hopeihwaho@gmail.comBackgroundWanted to promote a natural bacteria-based fertilizer and insecticide.It can increase yield, improve quality, and soften soils, and has high return on investments for fruits, veggies, and teas.Went deep into the farm villages for trials and develop sales and channels.</p> <p>FindingsMost farms were run by independent farm families who do not (and can not) rely on farm income to make a living.Most young workers went to work in cities and only return during harvesting season.The market is one price fits all, so farmers pursue maximum weight, not quality.Many illicit and fake products, main culprit.FindingsLack of modern agriculture knowledgeStick with NPKUse growth hormone or other products to increase yield Most Chinese soil are in poor stateFarmers dont consume the products they sold to market, they grow their own food separately.</p> <p>Resulting inFood nutrition content way downThings dont taste good, dont smell goodSoil contains huge amount of chemicalsSoil depleted of minerals and organic matters</p> <p>And PollutionChromium creeps up in well waterOther heavy metals in waterPollution caused by overabundant fertilizers spilling into creeks and riversAir pollution</p> <p>And Safety IssuesResidues of Pesticides and HerbicidesOveruse of growth hormones and plant growth regulatorsLeaner pork and beef with clenbuterol (banned in the US and EU,US uses ractopamine)</p> <p>Fundamental ChallengesLack of trust and good consumer protection mechanismFalsified and fake products everywhere in the agriculture supply chainAgricultures long cycle time and risks (pricing, weather, natural disasters) made is not ideal for Chinese investors</p> <p>Organic?Organic Chemistry: Study of compound or materials that contains carbon (with exceptions like diamond, cyanide, carbon dioxide) or things that can only be produced in a living organism (with exceptions too in modern day technology)Organic Food: Food produced without synthetic chemicals (pesticides, fertilizers, etc.)Chinas Organic FoodsMost are not organic (personal observation)Price too high to be popularConsumers just want poison-free food</p> <p>Talking NumbersIf water and soil are not contaminatedIt wont cost too much more to grow safe and healthy crops with modern know-howNot using fertilizers and pesticides wont give you healthy crops</p> <p>Where Thing AreOrganic retailer, lohaocity.comCountry Fair / Farmers Markethttp://site.douban.com/163893/room/1767810/Subscribe (and maybe work on) your own land like littledonkeyfarm.com Subscribe or buy online with home delivery like noahorganic.com or oabc.cc or tonysfarm.com</p> <p>OpportunitiesA foreign brand assisted quality systemSafe and poison-free products instead of organicLocalized sales and distribution system</p>

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