“Lester Brown tells us how to build a more just world and save the planet...in a practical, straightforward way. We should all heed his advice.” –Former President Bill Clinton
FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY October 10, 2013
Lester Brown: Can the World Feed China – and Itself?
Teleconference to address rapidly growing pressures on global food supply coincides with release of Brown autobiography.
WASHINGTON, DC – China’s rapidly expanding demand for meat is placing unprecedented demands on global agriculture, with potentially catastrophic results for consumers around the world. On Wednesday, October 16 at 11am EDT, leading expert and founder of the Earth Policy Institute Lester Brown will host a media teleconference to discuss China’s recent transition from grain surpluses to massive imports and the implications for world food security.
USDA’s recent report noting that China will import 23 million tons of grain this year reveals that the country’s effort to become self-sufficient in grain is failing. Brown will explain the huge implications for worldwide grain prices, land use and water consumption at a time when the world’s poor are already food stressed.
Brown will also discuss the release of his autobiography, Breaking New Ground, which details his extraordinary half-century career at the intersection of population, agriculture, and environmental research and policy leadership. Brown was among the first to call attention to China’s grain challenges in the 1990s, and next Wednesday’s call will echo the urgency of the country’s situation twenty years ago.
|WHAT: Teleconference on China’s grain imports and global food security|
|WHEN: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 11am EDT|
|WHO: Lester Brown, President & Senior Researcher, Earth Policy Institute|
|CALL-IN: 888-427-9419 (US/CAN), 719-325-2455 (International), 6620578 (Conference Code)|
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