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Food in China has been the basis of life for centuries Millet a common crop in Northern China has been grown since the fifth millennium BC Rice a common crop in Southern China has been grown since the fourth millennium BC Ever since then food was thought to be the basis for good health The first Chinese crop was grown in the Upper Yellow River Valley In order to keep up their crops the ancient Chinese used wood and stone tools In the fifth century BC iron plows were developed On the Northern grasslands oxen pulled plows But in the marshy South water bison pulled the plows Regardless of these beasts of burden men did most of the agricultural work They would cut wheat with sickles carried crops by a pole hung across their shoulders with bags at the end to hold the grain and they would loosen wheat by beating it with sticks But the most complex tool was their irrigation system In Southern China rice was and is the staple grain Rice grows much easier in a marshy area but is much easier to harvest without any water How did they do this irrigation Foot powered pumps was the ancient Chineses answer Many people would power these pumps The Chinese wanted to ensure a good harvest They accomplished this by many ways Ashes and manure dung were used to fertilize the crops Another way Chinese ensured a good crop was by crop rotation They would not grow the same crop in the same spot consecutively Rice wasnt the only crop The Chinese grew hundreds of various crops Some of them include cabbage soybeans and other beans peas and bamboo shoots In Northern China wheat and millet were grown Rice was expensive due to the fact that not many places in northern China were suitable for this Common foods include steamed buns noodles or pancakes with vegetables soybean
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