China’s farmers cannot feed hungry cities

“China is no longer self-sufficient in food, the country today increasingly has to buy abroad, raising global prices. ” This Guardian article raised a critical important issue.

According to the article, “China’s leaders have raised the alarm about their country’s ability to feed itself as rapid development sucks land, water and people from the food-producing countryside into increasingly large and hungry cities.

After a steady fall in grain harvests, the world’s most populous nation recently became a net importer of food for the first time in its history, raising domestic political concerns and driving up international prices of wheat, rice and soya. ”

It was nine years ago when Lester R. Brown of Worldwatch Institute published his “Who Will Feed China? Wake-Up Call for a Small Planet.”

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