Did you know? China is planting a belt of trees to protect land from the expanding Gobi Desert. This Great Green Wall is projected to extend some 4,480 kilometers (2,800 miles), stretching from outer Beijing through Inner Mongolia (Nei Monggol). Unfortunately, recent pressures to expand food production appear to have slowed this tree planting initiative. For more information view the text and data in Chapter 8 of Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization.
Food is the New Oil, Land is the New Gold. Read the blogpost in Urban Times on Lester's latest interview published in Handshake, the IFC's quarterly journal on public-private partnerships. Lester discusses how food security has become one of the most pressing issues of our time and what's being done to assure that supply will meet the food needs of a growing world population for decades to come.