In an integrated world economy, China s rising food prices will become the world s rising food prices China s land scarcity will become everyone s land scarcity And water scarcity in China will affect the entire world China s dependence on massive imports, like the collapse of the world s fisheries, will be a wake up call that we are colliding with the earth s capacity to feed us It could well lead us to redefine national security away from military preparedness and toward maintaining adequate food supplies To feed its 1.2 billion people, China may soon have to import so much grain that this action could trigger unprecedented rises in world food prices In Who Will Feed China Wake up Call for a Small Planet, Lester Brown shows that even as water becomes scarce in a land where 80 percent of the grain crop is irrigated, as per acre yield gains are erased by the loss of cropland to industrialization, and as food production stagnates, China still increases its population by the equivalent of a new Beijing each year When Japan, a nation of just 125 million, began to import food, world grain markets rejoiced But when China, a market ten times bigger, starts importing, there may not be enough grain in the world to meet that need and food prices will rise steeply for everyone Analysts foresaw that the recent four year doubling of income for China s 1.2 billion consumers would increase food demand, especially for meat, eggs, and beer But these analysts assumed that food production would rise to meet those demands Brown shows that cropland losses are heavy in countries that are densely populated before industrialization, and that these countries quickly become net grain importers We can see that process now in newspaper accounts from China as the government struggles with this problem....
|Title||:||Who Will Feed China?: Wake-Up Call for a Small Planet (Worldwatch Environmental Alert)|
|Publisher||:||W W Norton Company September 17, 1995|
|Number of Pages||:||168 pages|
|File Size||:||793 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Who Will Feed China?: Wake-Up Call for a Small Planet (Worldwatch Environmental Alert) Reviews
very technical and outdated, but it's worth the read.. still a big issue for our planet
Lester Brown is an environmental analyst, and founder of the Worldwatch Institute, and the Earth Policy Institute. His grand plan was to observe global trends, and produce objective information. Brown’s many books and reports have provided rational advice for the world’s irrational policymakers. He has not sold his soul to corporate interests.
I don't tend to read too much of this sort of thing,but this short book left me flabbergasted.The signs for a massive problem seem to be getting in place.This book was published in 1995,and probably the data was even somewhat out-of-date at that time.10 years has gone by and the population and fantastic economic development has continued to explode and no signs of any attempts to confront the impending pressures.In all the years that I have read books that attempted to forsee developing conditions and then to predict future events;I can't think of any prediction that was on the mark.That is not to say, that the problems aren't very severe;something will come about,but it will be completely different than the senario predicted.
According to United Nations' World Food Program(WFP) 2005 annual report, China has become a food donor country from a donation receiving country. China has increased its food donation over 200% alone in year 2005, and is helping other developing countries to improve their agriculcure production.
I read this book in the late 90's and didn't give much thought. Now with the USA being so much in debt to China this book is truly a "Wake Up Call."