Chinese food imports now require more land mass than the entire State of California
Arctic Blue Waters are continuing the research into The 25 Appalling Facts about our Earths Diminishing Water Supply with the fact that the Chinese food import require more land than the entire state of California.
In 2013 announced that 2013 was a record year for Chinese grain production. Nie Zhenbang, a Chinese agronomy expert and former director of the Chinese State Grain Administration. However although the number is high and seems positive, it was still not enough to satisfy domestic consumer demand. In previous years, China’s food imports have been expanding. Agricultural product imports are approximately equal to the productive capacity of 47 MHA of planted area (47 MHA is 181,468 square miles).
To put this figure into perspective, if you could put all the farmland and pasture that it takes to grow the food just being imported by China together, the total area of this land mass would be larger than the entire state of California.
Between drought conditions, soil pollution, and a raging dustbowl, China doesn’t have anywhere near that much quality land available to grow crops and raise livestock. They have to look abroad. Mr. Nie’s figures are definitely on the right track.
Chinese grain demand will increase by 10 million extra tons each year as announced by the chief economist of China’s Agriculture Ministry, Qian Keming has estimated that this will happen in the coming years.
Depending on the global average yield of 3.11 metric tons of grain per hectare, China’s growing grain demand will tie up to 12,000 plus additional square miles of farmland per year, every year.
Bear in mind that 12,000 square miles is more or less the size of the Netherlands just to satisfy China’s growing demand for grain.
And this is only about one country that we are talking about and just one food product.
This is not taking into account the imports of meat, fruit, nuts, etc. Nor does it represent the growing food demand for literally billions of other people across the developing world.
It is a fact that daily calorie consumption is directly correlated to per-capita GDP, and the data supports this conclusion.
A 2011 study created by researchers from the University of Minnesota and UC Santa Barbara exhibits a simple and short term steady global association between per capita GDP and per capita demand for crop calories or protein.
To put it in simple terms, as a nation becomes wealthier, its people consume more calories and more protein.
For an example, Taiwan, expanded per capita meat consumption from just 13 Kilograms annually in 1951 (when it was totally destitute) to 66 kilograms annually in 1992 (when it was an industrialized ‘Asian Tiger’).
This is an important fact due to the fact it takes a lot more land to grow a kilogram of meat than anything else.
So as the nations become wealthier, it takes much more land per-capita basis to feed them.
China is experiencing this growth right now. And this demand is only the tip of the iceberg.
Arctic Blue Waters is seeking a major beverage manufacturer/distributor in China that would consider bottling our Arctic bulk water from Alaska. The bottling plant of this firm should be within 100 km of water storage tanks located at the Humen Sea Port, Dogguan, China. The raw pure Arctic bulk water could be transported in food-grade tanks by truck from the storage tanks at the port to the bottling plant.
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