Through personal experience, our journalists in China had been seeking safe and healthy food in China after years of scandals over tainted products, poisoned soil and lax hygiene in processing. Reporters and editors from different beats compared notes about their professional experiences covering the nation’s government and agriculture industries. Premier Li Keqiang had told the National People’s Congress in 2016 that the government would tackle the problem. So we started to dig through the data to see what progress, if any, was being made. The research soon began to show some dramatic and disturbing predictions that affected the whole global food supply as well as data that indicated a number of long-held beliefs about China’s food supply and policy were, in practice, no longer true.. We decided to investigate what the government and industry were really doing to ensure a stable and safe food supply across the entire spectrum, from cleaning pollution at home, to the growth of multinational Chinese food companies buying assets around the world.
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