Logo - springer
Slogan - springer

Life Sciences - Agriculture | Environmental Change and Food Security in China

Environmental Change and Food Security in China

Huang McBeath, Jenifer, McBeath, Jerry

2010, X, 340p. 40 illus., 20 illus. in color.

Available Formats:
eBook
Information

Springer eBooks may be purchased by end-customers only and are sold without copy protection (DRM free). Instead, all eBooks include personalized watermarks. This means you can read the Springer eBooks across numerous devices such as Laptops, eReaders, and tablets.

You can pay for Springer eBooks with Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Paypal.

After the purchase you can directly download the eBook file or read it online in our Springer eBook Reader. Furthermore your eBook will be stored in your MySpringer account. So you can always re-download your eBooks.

 
$219.00

(net) price for USA

ISBN 978-1-4020-9180-3

digitally watermarked, no DRM

Included Format: PDF and EPUB

download immediately after purchase


learn more about Springer eBooks

add to marked items

Hardcover
Information

Hardcover version

You can pay for Springer Books with Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Paypal.

Standard shipping is free of charge for individual customers.

 
$279.00

(net) price for USA

ISBN 978-1-4020-9179-7

free shipping for individuals worldwide

usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days


add to marked items

Softcover
Information

Softcover (also known as softback) version.

You can pay for Springer Books with Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Paypal.

Standard shipping is free of charge for individual customers.

 
$279.00

(net) price for USA

ISBN 978-94-007-3203-2

free shipping for individuals worldwide

usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days


add to marked items

  • Explores indirect and direct relationships between environmental degradation and food security
  • Comprehensive treatment of major factors influencing China’s food production, consumption and control systems
  • Analyses of actors (national and sub-national officials, scientists, non-governmental organizations, media) involved in food policy formation and implementation
  • Examination of recent controversies—GMOs and human health, “tainted” food products

With 22 percent of the world’s population but only 7 percent of its arable land, China’s food situation is a matter of global concern. Environmental Change and Food Security in China, is the first to introduce comprehensively the threats to China’s system of food production, distribution, and consumption. It analyzes broad challenges of population growth, urbanization, and extraordinarily rapid economic development. Then it focuses on degradation of China’s land, water and air, water sufficiency, and evidence of climate change effects as they adversely affect the food system. The study investigates plant diseases and pests which take a large toll on agricultural production and also considers alien invasive species.

Normal bureaucratic routines of agricultural, land, water, climatological, and environmental agencies are inadequate to counter these challenges, and the regime has launched large projects (e.g., the South-North Water Diversion Project) and conducted national campaigns (e.g., re- and afforestation programs) which are unprecedented in their scope. Also, China has invested more heavily in agricultural biotechnology research than any other developing country. These responses have insured self-sufficiency in food staples to the present.

The volume evaluates several future problems and issues in China’s approach to food security. Despite attempts to tighten coordination of policy and improve enforcement, as seen in efforts to resolve the tainted products crisis of 2007, the increased autonomy of local governments often frustrates green and clean ambitions of the state. Although the regime has tolerated environmental and other NGOs, allowed the media greater latitude to report bad news, and permitted protests that do not challenge the communist party’s authority, still civil society is weak. While economic development has lifted more than 200 million from poverty, rural/urban inequality increases, pushing the poor into China’s cities, and access to food remains a problem for many.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Agricultural biotechnology - China - Climate change - Economic Development - Environmental degradation - Food security - Invasive species - development

Related subjects » Agricultural Economics - Agriculture - Development Economics - Plant Sciences - Political Science

Table of contents / Sample pages 

Popular Content within this publication 

 

Articles

Read this Book on Springerlink

Services for this book

New Book Alert

Get alerted on new Springer publications in the subject area of Agriculture.