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Can the World Feed China?

February 25th, 2014 | by Earth Policy Institute

By Lester R. Brown Overnight, China has become a leading world grain importer, set to buy a staggering 22 million


India’s Dangerous ‘Food Bubble’

December 4th, 2013 | by Earth Policy Institute

India is now the world's third-largest grain producer after China and the United States. The adoption of higher-yielding crop varieties and the spread of irrigation have led to this remarkable tripling of output since the early 1960s. Unfortunately, a growing share of the water that irrigates three-fifths of India's grain harvest is coming from wells that are starting to go dry. This sets the stage for a major disruption in food supplies for India's growing population


Full Planet, Empty Plates, Chapter 3. Moving Up the Food Chain

November 25th, 2013 | by Earth Policy Institute

For most of the time that human beings have walked the earth, we lived as hunter-gatherers. The share of the human diet that came from hunting versus gathering varied with geographic location, hunting skills, and the season of the year. During the northern hemisphere winter, for instance, when there was little food to gather, people there depended heavily on hunting for survival. Our long history as hunter-gatherers left us with an appetite for animal protein that continues to shape diets today



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