Food struggle may threaten urbanization: official


China Daily

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Saturday, 26 January 2013


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When crowds of Chinese farmers leave their land and settled down in cities, the crop-growing master-hands may not have enough food to eat, an agricultural official warned Saturday. Chen Xiwen, deputy director of the Leading Group on Rural Work under the Central Committee of Communist Party of China, said consecutive harvests China enjoyed over the past nine years are still insufficient to meet the growing demand for grain during rapid urbanization. China's urbanization rate had reached 52.57 percent as of the end of 2012, 1.3 percentage points higher than the previous year, Chen said at the Annual Meeting of China's Economy 2012-2013 in Beijing.