8/31/2012

What Food Comes From China (2010)

China, officially the People's Republic of China (PRC), is the world's most populous country, with a population of over 1.3 billion. Covering approximately 9.6 million square kilometres, the East Asian state is the world's second-largest country by land area, and the third- or fourth-largest in total area, depending on the definition of total area.
 
The People's Republic of China is a single-party state governed by the Communist Party of China.  It exercises jurisdiction over 22 provinces, five autonomous regions, four directly controlled municipalities (Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, and Chongqing), and two mostly self-governing special administrative regions (Hong Kong and Macau).   Its capital city is Beijing.

The PRC also claims Taiwan—which is controlled by the Republic of China (ROC), a separate political entity—as its 23rd province, a claim controversial due to the complex political status of Taiwan and the unresolved Chinese Civil War. The PRC government denies the legitimacy of the ROC.



China Commodity Production (Top 20)




Rank

Commodity

Metric Tons


1

Rice, paddy

197,212,010


2

Corn

177,540,788


3

Vegetables fresh

152,987,093


4

Wheat

115,181,303


5

Sugar cane

111,454,359


6

Sweet potatoes

81,175,660


7

Potatoes

74,799,084


8

Watermelons

66,225,925


9

Pork

51,673,874


10

Tomatoes

47,116,084


11

Cucumbers and gherkins

45,546,156


12

Cow milk, whole, fresh

36,036,043


13

Apples

33,265,186


14

Cabbages

32,538,878


15

Eggplants (aubergines)

26,525,736


16

Eggs

23,827,390


17

Onions, dry

22,058,059


18

Garlic

18,558,669


19

Spinach

18,011,100


20

Carrots and turnips

15,899,078


Source:  FAOstat.org (2010)


 





**Source: FAO. Prepared By; Rob Cook