A food safety factory shutdown has Americans hunting for baby formula. Readying themselves for a covid-19 lockdown, Chinese in Beijing emptied store shelves. Emerging from lockdown, some in Shanghai are visiting well-provisioned markets. U.S.-China agricultural trade is booming, but many are still being left hungry. Food security, sustainability and safety remain issues.
Year of the Ox  Marked by Many Nations
Stamps celebrating the year of the ox
All over the world, government postal systems recognize the importance of the lunar new year to many of their citizens and to those in East Asia by issuing stamps. These stamps tend to be lucrative for the systems that issue them as many of the stamps purchased are held by collectors and aren't ever used to mail letters. Many private organizations also issue stamps which cannot be used to mail anything, but celebrate the new year. The year of the ox begins on January 26, 2009 and ends on February 13, 2010.
China (these are the ox stamps from 1985 and 1997, the 2009 stamp will be announced on January 5, 2009)