Agriculture remains to be the vital industry of China, but its production output cannot meet the rising demand. Local agriculture was heavily affected by the development of industry – vast spaces of agricultural area were polluted, the shortage of water also results in the abandonment of more fields that slowly turn into desert. Meanwhile, the annual growth rate for the food industry is 15%, the consumption of meat has risen and furthermore, the rich Chinese are even more fond of foreign products, including wines, salmon or chocolate.
Not long ago, the share of import in the Chinese food market was very low (4% in 2007). But the situation changes very fast. The purchasing power of the Chinese people rises along with the appetite for imported food and beverage. The volume of import is so big that it has the direct influence on global food prices