La retorica del World Expo 2015 non riesce a coprire le malefatte che vengono commesse in tanti paesi sul business agroalimentare. Il caso della Cina è paradossale: un paese che ha scelto da tempo di sacrificare l'equilibrio della natura a vantaggio di urbanizzazione e industrializzazione, con conseguenze devastanti sull'ecosistema e sulla qualità dei prodotti agricoli.
L'ultimo scandalo è di pochi giorni fa: le riserve di grano e riso, che in Cina hanno un valore strategico, sono utilizzate per fare affari ed imbrogli. Il grano vecchio ed ammuffito viene venduto per "nuovo" dai funzionari governativi corrotti e dai mercanti che hanno le concessioni commerciali.
La denuncia di Boxun : China grain reserve fraud poses threat to national security . Boxun has received news from food industry insiders that the national grain storage system faces serious shortfalls. In new grain procurement, old grain is classified as new grain and the difference in price is embezzled. In the national grain reserves, at least of 1/3 of the grain has problems and isn’t edible. China’s food crisis and national grain reserve corruption are extremely serious. If there is unusual weather or an extended drought or other natural calamity, China is at great risk of a large food crisis.
According to insiders, this kind of situation exists all over the country. These insiders say a similar problem exists with the national strategic grain storage reserve in Guizhou, Hunan, and Guangdong provinces, and the amounts are enormous. Grain levy departments all have annual quotas. Annual bonuses depend on meeting annual quotas. In fact the annual quotas are impossible to meet. There’s usually a shortfall of 40 percent. The way to make up the shortfall is to buy others’ old grain. This is transferred from other grain storage facilities. The difference in price between the old and new grain is ¥200-400 per ton or more.
.... The sources said the granaries don’t make money on the acquisition of new grain, so they don’t accept new grain. Farmers can’t sell their grain at suitable prices, resulting in an increasing amount of land being left fallow by farmers. Urbanization is also resulting in more land being used for development instead of farming. Media says that China’s total annual food statistics increase according to a plan. Data shows a bumper harvest that is only on paper. China’s pursuit of a GDP-growth development policy has resulted in large-scale environmental degradation, per capita arable land decreasing, heavy metal pollution getting worse, desertification and despoliation increasing, all exacerbating China’s food crisis."
Bye Bye EXPO 2015
La Cina partecipa al World Expo 2015 di Milano con tre padiglioni : "For the first time, China is committed to illustrate and explain details of its agricultural policy, ranging from its history to the innovations of the future."