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Regarding the 20%, I feel I need to clarify a few things:

  1. This was a number that I remember from a local political party MP comment.

  2. After a cursory search I am getting more confused. It depends on the metrics.

  3. In terms of food autarky, I think 30% is probably correct. But even so, take the number with a grain of salt.

  4. The Portuguese case is confounded by the fact that the country is a massive exporter of paper, thus a big part of the land is covered with eucalyptus (!). Indeed if you add paper, cork and wine the numbers turn around quite nicely. The problem is: while wine can be eaten in the form of grapes, paper and cork cannot.

I just felt I should leave a comment here so that the above number is not taken at face value.
by cagatacos on Mon Feb 11th, 2013 at 02:08:34 PM EST
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