Agricultural Revolution Awaits
So, everyone in China is being encouraged to leave the rural areas and seek their fame and fortune in the cities. Whilst we have become increasingly aware of some of the social stories around rural depopulation; children growing up with absent parents and ghost like villages inhabited only by the elderly, there is a huge cost in the agricultural land itself losing its custodians. Whereas a rural population has food sources close at hand, feeding big cities increases logistical problems of transport, time, space and waste. Changes are afoot.
Urban Expansion and Agricultural Land Loss in China: A Multiscale Perspective. Sustainability 2016, 8, 790; doi:10.3390/su8080790