Cultivating a fascination with farming

A growing number of urbanites are sowing the seeds of not only veggies, but different ways of looking at agriculture and life in general, Xing Wen reports.

By XING WEN | China Daily | Updated: 2024-01-20 10:31
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The saying "As ye sow, so shall ye reap" is a familiar proverb that encapsulates the idea that our efforts are linked to the outcomes we experience.

Yet, within the intricacies of society, uncertainties and complexities often challenge the expectation of receiving commensurate returns for one's endeavors.

At this point, the veracity of the proverb becomes particularly elusive in certain situations.

However, when we return to its literal roots, grounded in the act of farming, we find that, more often than not, it holds true.

In China, which produces about a quarter of the world's food and feeds more than one-fifth of our planet's population despite having less than 9 percent of Earth's cultivatable land, the proverb takes on rather profound relevance.

In recent years, an increasing number of young urban dwellers across the country are turning to farming or, at the very least, to observing the outdoor lifestyles of farmers, as depicted on the small screen.

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