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Author Brown, Lester R. (Lester Russell), 1934- author

Title Who will feed China? : wake-up call for a small planet / Lester R. Brown
Edition First edition
Published New York : W.W. Norton & Co., [1995]
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [1995]


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Description 163 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Series The worldwatch environmental alert series
Worldwatch environmental alert series.
Contents Overview : the wake-up call -- Another half-billion -- Moving up the food chain -- The shrinking cropland base -- Spreading water scarcity -- Raising cropland productivity -- The growing grain deficit -- Competition for grain -- Entering a new era -- Priorities in an era of scarcity
Summary 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
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 more 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
Analysis Agricultural productivity
Commodity marketing
Food supply
Global food supply
Overseas item
Population growth
Resource allocation
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 143-157) and index
Subject Agriculture and state -- China.
Food supply -- China.
Food supply.
China -- Population.
LC no. 95237124
ISBN 0393038971