What role did China’s 2008 milk contamination scandal play in transforming agriculture and food production in that country? How big is China’s organic food industry today? How tough are its standards?
Dairy products were never traditionally a major part of the Chinese diet, but have Chinese consumers stopped buying dairy products since 2008?
How is the question of public trust shaping food production and oversight in China, and does this hold any more general lessons?
Our guest Leonie Dendler joins us from Shanghai to discuss what she has learned from looking at this microcosm of the Chinese economy. Leonie conducted her research as part of a research fellowship with Manchester University’s Sustainable Consumption Institute in collaboration with the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at Fudan University, Shanghai. You can learn more about Leonie’s research here.