TRACES: YELLOW RIVER
Farmer’s Backyard. Lanzhou, Gansu, China. 2011
The incongruity of a coal-fired power station located next to farmland is a common sight in China. Land is the only asset farmers have and is typically their only source of economic stability. However, Chinese farmers do not have property rights and the government is able to reallocate land, often to big businesses that will drive the economy or those with better political connections. The state is supposed to pay farmers fair compensation, but often the price they set is far below market value. Environmental laws exist but they are often not enforced.