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Food and Drinking Culture
(2,547 words)

China's food is famous for its quality and variety, but even more impressive is China's success, over thousands of years, at feeding a large percentage of the human species (currently about 20%) from a small percentage of the world's farmland (7%), even though the country has suffered droughts, floods, and other disasters. Success in providing food has come not from natural bounty but from technologica…

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Anderson, Eugene N., “Food and Drinking Culture”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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