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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


Full Planet, Empty Plates, Chapter 10. The Global Land Rush

September 18th, 2013 | by Earth Policy Institute

Between 2007 and mid-2008, world grain and soybean prices more than doubled. As food prices climbed everywhere, some exporting countries began to restrict grain shipments in an effort to limit food price inflation at home.Importing countries panicked. Some tried to negotiate long-term grain supply agreements with exporting countries, but in a seller’s market, few were successful. Seemingly overnight, importing countries realized that one of their few options was to find land in other countries on which to produce food for themselves


By the Numbers – Data Highlights from Full Planet, Empty Plates

October 17th, 2012 | by Earth Policy Institute

More than 150 data sets accompany Lester R. Brown’s latest book, Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity. These tables and graphs help to explain the precarious situation in which humanity finds itself, as the world leaves an era of food surpluses and enters one of food scarcity. Here are some highlights from the collection


Meat Consumption in China Now Double That in the United States

April 25th, 2012 | by Earth Policy Institute

More than a quarter of all the meat produced worldwide is now eaten in China, and the country’s 1.35 billion people are hungry for more. In 1978, China’s meat consumption of 8 million tons was one third the U.S. consumption of 24 million tons. But by 1992, China had overtaken the United States as the world’s leading meat consumer—-and it has not looked back since



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