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I think USA has 150 million hectares of arable land, another 200 million hectares of RANCHES.|
There is 2.1 million farming families in USA.
China has only 150 million farming or rural families (another 220 million are land owners, BUT has lease out the plots for payment equal to Rmb300 to 600 a month! to become migrant workers!) on 150 million hectares of arable land, 300 million hectares pastures and 200 million hectare of forest, mines, oil/gas, coal fields!
I think RICE production, China is WAY AHEAD of USA. (us production is miniscule, so no comparison - coarse grains are just in between season planting).
China LARGER farming family means 50 MILLION tonnes of aquaculture, million of tonnes of FRUITS, VEGETABLES, HERBS, FUNGI, SEA WEEDS, FLOWERS, COMMODITY, largest pork production - some 60 million tonnes alone!
Industrial agriculture - like Mc Donalds, 7-11 means more "limited range" production!
Larger farmer/rural numbers - BIG DEMAND in cities, Asian Trade Route States, means more DIVERSE RANGE of products, including "high value items" - eg. Shark Fins, Abalone, Clams, Fresh Sea Water caged fish, Shell fish etc.