martes, julio 01, 2008

Get fat, quickly!

De acuerdo con este trabajo académico, China tendrá serios problemas para alimentar a su población:

In recent years, China has emerged as the world’s leading importer of soybeans, vegetable oil, cotton, wool, rubber, and animal hides. However, it has also been surprisingly successful at meeting the basic food needs of its population of more than 1.3 billion people, and it has stepped up as a major food exporter. This article asks: how long can China sustain this momentum?

The authors argue that China’s current exploitation of land and water resources is either at or beyond sustainable levels. It is argued that the country has exploited the means of coaxing food and fibre out of a limited natural resource base to the extent that additional gains will be more difficult than in the past.

Ojalá no dejemos pasar este enorme oportunidad e convertirnos en el supermercado del mundo.

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