Hacker News new | past | comments | ask | show | jobs | submit login

What does this even mean? Almost 300 million people are agricultural workers in China, versus 6 million in the US. Despite that, we produce nearly the same quantity of food and export 140 billion dollars of food every year. The US has plenty of efficiency shortcomings, but in agriculture, the US agricultural sector is a modern marvel of engineering and efficiency.



US produce is industrial feedstock, not food.

In the Brexit-headed UK there is considerable discussion about this, some Brits don't consider US food to be edible. Phrases like 'chlorinated chicken' get mentioned.

Are those soy beans fed to people or pigs? Same with all that corn. None of it can be eaten, it has to be processed into corn syrup or fake potato crisps. There is no modern marvel of engineering, it is monoculture, as if nothing was learned from the dustbowl. It is also heavily subsidised. Watered by fracked aquifiers. To international tastes it is all bland, adulterated and not really food.

Those exports also put people out of work on the global market so they are not growing their own food, just importing nonsense like American maize.

I am not into Chinese food but I know that Chinese people don't consider U.S. food as having much taste, not even real food.


The funny thing with US soy beans is that the majority of our edamame and fresh soy beans are frozen and imported from China or Thailand even though we literally have fields everywhere growing soy beans across the country.


I agree with you, the farming in the US should be much more efficient than China, the US has much much larger flat lands and modern agricultural machines.

On the other hand, there are far less flat lands but mountains and deserts here in China. But the engineering and infrastructure is getting better and better.




Applications are open for YC Winter 2020

Guidelines | FAQ | Support | API | Security | Lists | Bookmarklet | Legal | Apply to YC | Contact

Search: