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9 Food Safety Concerns Encourage Urban Organic Farming

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In November 2012, a plasticizer scandal put China's liquor industry into the eye of the food-safety storm. Excessive use of a plasticizer was first disclosed in the products of Jiugui, and then in a few other leading liquor brands. The scandal terrified consumers and shocked the producers. The whole industry suffered tremendous market value losses as a result. Urban organic farming is a hybrid of organic agriculture and urban agriculture. It shortens the traditional industrial-economic chain that features excessive energy consumption and high-carbon operations. Intensive, equipment-based, and multi-functional, urban organic farming fits in well with the development of modern agriculture. In developed countries, urban organic farming grew out of urbanization, as a highly urbanized society called for a multi-functional agricultural system that could provide services in culture, education, ecology, and recreation. The middle class in cities is the main driving force for the development of urban organic farming.

Keywords: China's liquor industry; food-safety; Jiugui; multi-functional agricultural system; urban organic farming



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