Feeding the Hungry Giant

Jan 11, 2009

How will China, a nation with 22% of the world’s population but with only 9% of the world’s arable land, continue to feed her people?

Sun Yat-sen (1866-1925), founding father of modern China


“The are three elements essential in the matter of the State: Food, Military Equipment, and Confidence of the People in the ruler. Of these three, Military Equipment is the least important, Food being the second most important, and Confidence of the People being the MOST important. All men would rather die of starvation than in war, but nevertheless all men do die of old age. Lacking in Confidence of the People, a state cannot survive.”

Confucius (551 -479 BCE), sage, philosopher,

frustrated political consultant


“It is human nature to seek food an intercourse.”

A quote which is widely and mistakenly attributed to Confucius but was actual

ly uttered by another philosopher, Guo Tze.


“Food and wine are rotting inside the red doors, while the streets outside are lined with starved and frozen bodies.”

The great poet Du Fu (712-770), famous for his work on the plight of the ordinary people. Red doors were used by court officials and rich merchants in ancient China.


“Have you eaten?”

A common greeting in China, an indirect form of asking, “Do you have enough to eat?”