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.
Lester Brown is interviewed by Foreign Policy's Christina Larson in "Grain Pains." For more information regarding the heat wave in Russia and its effect on grain prices, see our release "Rising Temperatures Raise Food Prices - Heat, Drought, and a Failed Harvest in Russia." Posted August 26, 2010.