To cope with growing population, China may have to turn to the potato

May 23, 2011

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A woman and her granddaughter pick paddy spikes in Jiangxi Province.

Increasing urbanization has put strains on the Chinese agricultural system. The labor-intensive rice crop remains the quintessential Chinese dish, but some scientists and policy advocates are beginning to push potatoes. It's an uphill battle, since most people in China prefer rice.

Rebecca Kanthor reports from Shanghai that the cultural preference may have to change.

This story originally aired on the World Vision Report. We got it from the Public Radio Exchange.