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2017年08月03日
Made in China: Social and Environmental Risk Study on Chinese Supply Chain of Tomato Products
As an independent research center, we expect our work can help push China’s agriculture move towards a direction of sustainable development. However, production mode and policy design in realities which go after profits make China’s agricultural system become more like a tool for short-term interest in highly risky conditions, even for the shrinking short-term interest, natural resources like arable lands and water are over consumed. It is likely that such trend will threaten food security in the long sun.
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Research Background


As an independent research center, we expect our work can help push China’s agriculture move towards a direction of sustainable development. However, production mode and policy design in realities which go after profits make China’s agricultural system become more like a tool for short-term interest in highly risky conditions, even for the shrinking short-term interest, natural resources like arable lands and water are over consumed. It is likely that such trend will threaten food security in the long sun.


China’s agricultural OEM[1], represented by particularly farm products with high dependency on overseas market, attracts our attention from angles of food security and economic profits to think about its actual rationality. This report selects supply chain of tomato[2] products as an entry point to see how this type of farm product influence over Chinese food security, farmers’ livelihood and processing enterprises’ profits.


In September 2012, four of us drove for thousands of kilometers from Urumqi of Xinjiang Autonomous Region (Xinjiang) around Junggar Basin (Point C-I) to visit local processing tomato farmers and processing enterprises. Before that, we had already visited Dengkou County (Point A) of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (Inner Mongolia) for status of tomato planting and processing. We went on to Shizuishan County (Point B) of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region (Ningxia) for interview with tomato farmers whose tomatoes are rejected by processing plants. Our field investigation covering three provinces/regions in west China lasted around two months.


[1] An original equipment manufacturer, or OEM, manufactures products or components that are purchased by another company and retailed under that purchasing company's brand name.

[2] Tomato mentioned in this report without stated only refers to particular specie mainly for industrialized processing.