By Ella Chou
The short answer is that in the absence of large, mechanized, American-style corporate supply lines, most of China is fed by a massive, poorly supervised but surprisingly effective network of small farmers and middlemen. At the heart of that network are massive, freewheeling wholesale markets that help connect suppliers, middlemen, farmers and buyers.
I mention that because, Jonah Kessel, a Beijing-based freelance visual journalist, has put together a fascinating slideshow of images of one of the largest of these markets. A 24/7 wholesale behemoth, the Xinfadi Agro-Product Wholesale Market supplies Beijing with 70 percent of its vegetables and 80 percent of its fruit. Given that 22 million people live in Beijing, that is a lot of food. Check out the photos below, and more at his blog.