Chinese Demographic One Child Policy Could Impact US Agriculture

Proposed relaxation of China’s controversial One Child Rule could have a serious impact on the future of US agriculture and US farm exports, potentially increasing the overall American market share and driving up US production.
China’s One Child Policy was the result of an extremely successful effort to boost the nation’s population. After China’s sudden rise on the global state, Chinese leaders hoped to increase the population to boost the nation’s economic and military prospects. Between the 1950s and 1970s, China’s population doubled from 500 million to 1 billion (when Chinese leaders, afraid of overpopulation, sought to severely restrict birthrates).
China’s proposed relaxation would expand on of a handful of exceptions to the state’s One Child Policy (currently farmers with a firstborn daughter and parents who are both only children are allowed two children), allowing families where either parent is a single child to have more than one son or daughter.
An increased Chinese population could complicate that government’s plans to be more agriculturally self-sufficient. Increased dairy and meat consumption would almost certainly strain China’s domestic feed production, forcing them to increase soybean imports, potentially boosting already high US export revenue.
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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer