Archive for August 24th, 2007

This thinning road (or, more precisely, field)

Friday, August 24, 2007

Here’s a puzzle. According to the head of China’s state meteorological administration, an additional 10 million hectares (247m. acres) of land will be required to produce food to feed its increased population by 2030. Currently, however, China uses this amount of land for agriculture, AND their available land is rapidly decreasing owing to urbanisation – and, no doubt, owing to an increase in carnivorous diets that comes with increased wealth. PLUS, global warming is expected to reduce China’s harvest by ten percent by 2030. So where are they going to get their food from, and who will produce it? Talk about this thinning road! (Story from India’s Economic Times, courtesy of Desmog blog.)