A glimmer of hope for China's farmers emerged from the Communist party's latest economic confab. Should American farmers care?
One thing is certain: American farmers don't want their Chinese counterparts' problems. The big one: Chinese farmers don't really "own" their land. Local governments bent on development or just plain revenue raising confiscate farmland all the time. Farmers are powerless to stop them.
That could change in the wake of the Third Plenum of the 18th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party. The communique issued after the plenum was opaque, as such documents usually are, but past plenum communiques ...