The Food Myth Propping up the One-Child Policy
The review of the one-child policy was one of the hottest issues at the recent meetings of the National People's Congress and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. Opponents of loosening the policy worry that there is not enough arable land and food to cope with the demographic change that it would bring.
China has always worried about a shortage of arable land. It uses 7 percent of the world's farmland to feed 19.5 percent of the global population. This is a statement the Chinese people have known well throughout history.
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