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.
Geoffrey Lean's article 'One poor harvest away from chaos' in the The Telegraph cites Lester Brown: "the world is only one poor harvest away from chaos. We are so close to the edge that politically destabilising food prices could come at any time." Posted January 12, 2011.