Environmental Change and Food Security in China / Edition 1

Environmental Change and Food Security in China / Edition 1

by Jenifer Huang McBeath, Jerry McBeath
     
 

ISBN-10: 1402091796

ISBN-13: 9781402091797

Pub. Date: 05/04/2010

Publisher: Springer Netherlands

Abstract This chapter defines food security as the condition reached when a nation’s population has access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food to meet its dietary needs and food preferences. It stresses China’s importance to global food security because of its population size. The chapter introduces the contents of the volume and then treats briefly…  See more details below

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Abstract This chapter defines food security as the condition reached when a nation’s population has access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food to meet its dietary needs and food preferences. It stresses China’s importance to global food security because of its population size. The chapter introduces the contents of the volume and then treats briefly food security in ancient and dynastic (211 bc–1912) China. It examines environmental stressors, such as population growth, natural disasters, and insect pests as well as imperial responses (for example, irrigation, flood control, storage and transportation systems). The chapter also briefly int- duces the Republican era (1912–1949) and compares environmental stressors and government responses then to those of the imperial period. Keywords Food system • Food security • Food production regions • Environmental stressors (Population growth • Natural disasters • Insect pests and Plant diseases • Deforestation • Climate change) • Irrigation systems • Flood control • Grand Canal 1. 1 The Problem of Food Security and Environmental Change Food is the material basis to human survival, and in each nation-state, providing a system for the development, production, and distribution of food and its security is a primary national objective. Many forces have influenced the food security of peoples since ancient times, with particular challenges from natural disasters (floods, famines, drought, and pestilence) and growing populations globally.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402091797
Publisher:
Springer Netherlands
Publication date:
05/04/2010
Series:
Advances in Global Change Research Series, #35
Edition description:
2010
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.03(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.- List of tables and figures.- 1 Introduction.- 2 Communist role and the food security situation.- 3 Immediate environmental stressors on food security.- Near-term environment stressors: climate change.- 5. Plant diseases pests and food security.- 6 Invasive species and food security.- 7 Biotechnological responses to food security needs.- 8 The legal and institutional framework to address food security needs.- 9 Issues in implementing food security in China.- 10 Summary and conclusions.- Index.

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