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"...when China starves within the next decade."?

China is facing an obesity problem, and meat consumption there is climbing rapidly.

Calories per capita (admittedly a global average which can hide a lot) have been climbing for decades and would have to fall substantially to return us to the 1980s level. I don't recall any mass starvation at the time that wasn't the result of a war or of thugs in government.

From a post at The Oil Drum, data courtesy of the FAO:

Note that cereal consumption is down, which tends to be a sign of wealth -- for example, only nearly starving peasants eat almost all-rice diets.

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by technopolitical on Fri Apr 11th, 2008 at 03:44:05 AM EST
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Good points techno.
A large portion of the world now is overeating and Obesity could end up killing more people that starvation in this century.

My post below and yours seems to be pointing out that famines are caused not by scarcity of resources but lack of democracy and of course good governance.

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by Ronald Rutherford (rdrradio1 -at- msn -dot- com) on Fri Apr 11th, 2008 at 02:02:50 PM EST
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