Food Crisis Begins at Mom-And-Pop Level – Audra Ang

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Perched on stools, four workers stuff freshly made noodles into plastic bags on the ground floor of the two-story Lin family home. A black-and-white mutt wanders lazily around their feet. Flies circle and land at will.

Bags and basins cover almost every inch of a concrete floor that is partly damp, partly sticky with dough. Weak sunshine through the front door provides the only light in the sweltering room.

These noodles aren’t exported; they’re only sold locally. But the hidden and unregulated nature of the Lins’ business – and countless others like it – helps to explain why China is caught in a food crisis. [Full Text]

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