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Who Will Feed China?: Wake-Up Call for a Small Planet (The Worldwatch Environmental Alert Series) Paperback – September 17, 1995
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"It was not all bad news, however. Last year was
the year in which WFP concluded its assistance
to China, having provided 30 million people with
food aid for the past 26 years. We are now
looking to China, which has lifted some
300 million of its own people out of poverty,
to help provide the expertise that will enable
other countries achieve such stunning progress."
Quite a different outcome from the author's prediction 12 years ago considering that during this period China has probably increased its population by at least 100 million (more people to feed), lifted hundreds of millions more out of poverty (more per capita food consumption) and lost some of its best land to industrialiation.
In 1994, Brown wrote an essay, Who Will Feed China? It triggered an explosive response. Chinese leaders angrily denounced him. But behind the scenes, they realized that their nation was vulnerable, because they had not perceived the big picture clearly. Brown expanded his essay into a book with the same title, published in 1995. It became a classic. Reading it 20 years later is eerie, because many of his warnings now sound like the daily news.
Before they industrialized, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan were already densely populated. Then, the growth of industry gobbled up a lot of cropland, which reduced food production, and forced all three to become dependent on imported grain. In 1994, Japan imported 72 percent of its grain, South Korea 66 percent, and Taiwan 76 percent.
Brown saw that China was on a similar trajectory. Cropland was limited, and it was rapidly being lost to sprawl, industry, and highways. They were likely to lose half of their cropland by 2030. They were also likely to add another 500 million people by 2030. As incomes rose, people were eager to enjoy a richer diet, including more meat and beer. This required even more cropland per person.
Freshwater for agriculture was also limited, and much of it was being diverted to growing cities and factories. About 300 cities were already short of water. China’s capitol, Beijing, was among 100 cities with severe water shortages.Read more ›
If we the American people are unable to pay our debt to China and they need to foreclose, what do you think they will need the most..? It wont be an Army or land,it will be food! American food to feed their people. Happy reading and please wake up America!
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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. Read morePublished on July 26, 2009
Looking at today's newspaper headlines we can now see how the rising demand for food in the emerging nations of China and India has rocked the world food markets. Read morePublished on May 30, 2008 by N. Flattes
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. Read morePublished on September 7, 2005 by Jerry Guild