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The Food Show: Far East Farming

For 12 years, The Food Show took listeners inside the food business, exploring news and trends in food production, marketing and consumption. Beginning in 1978, host Jim Wright – a former circus ringmaster – navigated through the gastronomical gamut as listeners learned all about the food business. From important news to tips on camel-milking or microwave cookery, The Food Show offered a wealth of information on anything food-related.

China struggles with a massive population and a changeable climate. Other countries in the region sometimes struggle with the challenges of maintaining agricultural output and feeding everyone, but in 1978 China is succeeding and is doing it in an unusual way. Reporter Mati Laansoo talks to Emily MacFarquar, the Far East specialist for The Economist, for a look at China's farming fortunes.
• Approximately 13 per cent of China's total land mass is considered arable land, amounting to over 1.2 million square kilometers. By comparison, Canada has only 363,000 square kilometers of arable land, just 4.5 percent of the country's landmass.

• China's geography is extremely diverse, going from tropical areas in the south to sub-arctic regions in the north. It includes the Gobi Desert, one of the largest in the world.

Medium: Radio
Program: The Food Show
Broadcast Date: Jan. 29, 1978
Guest(s): Emily MacFarquar
Host: Jim Wright
Interviewer: Mati Laansoo
Duration: 6:21
Photo: ©iStockphoto.com/dannyzhan

Last updated: January 27, 2012

Page consulted on December 5, 2013

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