A multi part news focus here
on the world food crisis says that according to the Manila-based Asian Development Bank, the 30 million people in the Philippines who live on less than a dollar a day spend nearly 60% of their income on food. Thanks to a surge in rice and oil prices, inflation hit a three-year high of 8.3% in April. According to the bank, a 10% rise in food prices will push an additional 2.3 million into poverty. Another part of the focus
indicates that in 1980, when the population was still under one billion, the average Chinese person ate 20kg (44lbs) of meat; last year, with an extra 300 million people, it was 54kg. On an individual level China is way behind developed countries in its consumption but consumes more than any other country due to its large population and by one estimate this year will be the last in which China is self-sufficient in producing proteins.