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Food Satefy in China Challenges read more
Jul-2nd-2012 | Post by expatree
(Originally posted on June 27, 2012)

Shanghai street food

For anyone recently arrived in Shanghai, the distinctive fragrances that fill the avenues can be tantalizing. The warm aromas of countless neighborhood restaurants, the fresh scent of steaming flour at baozi stands, and the balm of street vendors’ sizzling cooking oil collectively provide an olfactory cacophony unrivaled in its ability to stimulate the senses. For first-time visitors, the adventure of sampling street food is a rite of passage, substantiating that one is truly immersed in the local culture. The experience is unparalleled in most Western countries, where food consumption is far more institutionalized and subject to greater impediments.

However, recent years have shed a less than flattering light on food safety in China. The melamine-tainted milk scandal from the summer of 2008 decimated confidence on the country’s milk industry and led to a surge in imports in milk. This past March, a food safety scandal erupted in H

Standing on Fertile Ground: Go Organic in Shanghai read more
Jul-2nd-2012 | Post by expatree
(Originally posted on February 20, 2012)

Organic food in Shanghai

Do you ever worry about what’s in your food? Although we in the Shanghai benefit from a world-class repertoire of dining locales, ranging from the local to the exotic to the tried and true global generic, organic has not historically been one of the city’s fortes.


Many of the city’s establishments have historically sourced from mega-farms, and we consumers have been relegated to buying pesticide-laden produce in local supermarkets. However, things are changing; organic is now the fastest-growing sector of the Chinese food market, witnessing double-digit annual growth rates and inspiring a renaissance of back-to-basics farming in the Jiangnan region. For us as consumer this means a plethora of choices for a healthier, more ecologically-friendly, and, more importantly, tastier lifestyle. Here’s a heads-up on where to look:


 Organic farms 

The ecologically-balanced back-to-basics movemen

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