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Old 08-07-2019, 01:46 PM
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Originally Posted by moojja View Post
Which part of China? B/c rice is still the staple for most Chinese people, and sweet potatoes is another snack.
In addition to Ascenray's answer, this was also pre-industrial revolution. Lastly, China is very large, and not everywhere is suitable for rice growth. At a time when you need 10 farmers for every 50 or so people and mass food transportation is centuries off, you grow what yields the most in that area at that time. The more people that can be freed from agriculture, the more to support larger cities and more industry.