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China's Marxist communal farming makes way for agribusiness
China's Marxist communal farming makes way for agribusiness

In a northeastern Chinese village called Wasteland, elderly Auntie Yi frowned at the latest improvement there: a strip of grass lining Red Flag Road. “The company did this,” she scoffed. “Eastern Fortune Rice widened the road, it put up the streetlights and it dug up the poppies I had planted with my own hands and seeds in favor of this.” She kicked at the sod. “My poppies were orange and yellow and red.” Then, pointing to the jade ocean of rice paddies all around, she added, “This is just more green.” To me it looked beautiful: ripe rice shining under a fresh prairie sky. Auntie Yi saw something else. “This isn't scenery,”...

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