Science and Food Production: Reviewing the Red Revolution of China Through a Green Lens (1950–1979)

  • Rohan PriceEmail author


The rise of hundreds of millions of people into China’s middle class has created unprecedented demand for food that is clean, green and produced sustainably. This trend is at odds with China’s history since 1949. Marked by a struggle to produce a very different kind of ‘green revolution’, China slowly built scientific and technological investment in agriculture to maximise production levels to give the country a balance of trade requisite to industrialisation. Although China will never realise its dream of agricultural production sovereignty, or achieve widespread organic production domestically, the standards it applies to food imported on behalf of its new middle class will take its inspiration from the Western idea of the Organic Guarantee.


Agricultural policy Agricultural history China 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Law and JusticeSouthern Cross UniversityGold CoastAustralia

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