Colm had been in China for two weeks with a group of young farmers from the EU. It was organised by the EU and promoted by CEJA and Macra. CEJA is an umbrella organisation for young farmer groups from all over Europe. It was an open contest. Colm applied for it and won a place. They visited just two provinces so it was a small window into China.

I came down the stairs before 7am to find my son making breakfast. “Do you want eggs Mom?” “Yes, please,” I answered, thinking what a treat to get up to in the morning. I inquired as to why he was up so early. “I’m still on Chinese time and I might as well exploit it while it lasts,” he said. “Poached ok?” “Absolutely.” So over breakfast I began to hear about my son’s visit to China. What was the most important thing you learned?