Half of the World’s Feed Crops Will Soon Be Eaten by Chinese Pigs

By Tibi Puiu, ZMEScience – According to The Economist, the Chinese are fattening up on their favorite vegetable: pork. This may sound like a cruel joke, but you might first want to consider that Chinese pigs are gobbling up nearly half the world’s feed crops. Already in 2010 China’s soy imports accounted for more than 50% of the total global soy market, and grain imports a skyrocketing. The US Grains Council, a trade body, predicts that by 2022 China will need to import 19m-32m tonnes of corn, almost a third of the world’s entire trade in corn today. You may have heard about how China is buying real estate all over the world. Some 5m hectares have been bought in developing countries alone, according to Sustainable Development, a Canadian think-tank. Of course, this land is used to raise buildings, factories, other business or just to control the market, but much of it...

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