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Unformatted text preview: are. Yet China has remained largely self-sufficient in food production and is a major producer of many important commodities. China’s share of world production exceeds its share of world population for most major commodities (table B-3). Most notably, China produces over 40 percent of the world’s pork and vegetables. China’s low shares of milk, sugar, beef, soybean, and fruit production reflect its relatively low consumption levels for these commodities. United States 3.4 3.2 3.0 China 2.8 World average 2.6 2.4 In contrast with China, the United States is richly endowed with farmland. While China’s population is more than four times that of the United States, the United States has about one-third more cropland than China. The United States and other land-abundant countries can potentially relieve the stress on China’s limited natural resource base by supplying China with land-intensive food and feed grains, oilseeds, and meats and poultry. 2.2 Intensive Cultivation 2.0 1980 82 84...
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