Agriculture and Food Production in China and the U.S.

Mark Leipnik, Yun Su, Robert Lane, Xinyue Ye

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China and America are top producers of many agricultural commodities. Each is a large and diverse nation with a range of climates and agricultural systems. Many crops are grown in similar settings in each country, such as wheat in the Great Plains of America and North China Plain Corn is of greater importance in the U.S. while rice is a major crop in China. The diversity and level of capital investment in many forms of agriculture in particular in the State of California is unexcelled on earth. While the intensity of agriculture on the Lower Yangtze plain is unique. China also has unique agricultural regions such as the silk and tea industries and highly developed aquaculture. This chapter presents a wealth of information about each country’s agricultural capabilities and diversity as well as discussing some pressing issues related to agriculture such as erosion, pollution and obesity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGeoJournal Library
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Number of pages42
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameGeoJournal Library
ISSN (Print)0924-5499
ISSN (Electronic)2215-0072

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Urban Studies


  • Agriculture
  • China farming
  • Food production
  • Intensive agriculture
  • U.S. farming


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