QE Scholar Zhenzhong Si coauthors book on organic food and farming in China
QE Scholar Zhenzhong Si published his coauthored book “Organic Food and Farming in China: Top-down and Bottom-up Ecological Initiatives” with Routledge. This book is coauthored with Drs Steffanie Scott, Theresa Schumilas and Aijuan Chen. This book shows how a set of social, economic, cultural, and environmental conditions have converged to shape the development of a “formal” organic sector, created by “top-down” state-developed standards and regulations, and an “informal” organic sector, created by ‘bottom-up’ grassroots struggles for safe, healthy, and sustainable food. The book highlights China’s experience that reflects a commitment to domestic food security, evolving food safety legislation, and a civil society with limited autonomy from a semi-authoritarian state that keeps shifting the terrain of what is permitted. The book will be of great interest to advanced students and researchers of agricultural and food systems and policy, as well as rural sociology and Chinese studies.