Global Activism: Local student starts organic farming in China

September 22, 2011

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(Courtesy of EcoBite)
An 11-year-old girl works with EcoBite, helping remove weeds in a peanut field.
(Courtesy of EcoBite)
Locals listen to a farmer's story during "Open Farm Day," hosted in his self-built bamboo house.
(Courtesy of EcoBite)
Minxu talks to a farmer during one of her trips to Huzhou, near Hangzhou, in China.

Every Thursday on Global Activism, we hear about an individual who's trying to make the world a better place.

In China, food safety is a serious issue.  Minxu Zhang is a Chinese student from Lake Forest College, who was in her home country this summer to establish a direct line of purchase between Chinese organic farmers and consumers. She started an organization called EcoBite, which attempts to make Chinese consumers aware of risky food production practices. EcoBite connects small farmers with consumers in order to cut out the middle man and reduce the costs associated with healthy food.