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B 3 chinas per capita consumption of grains

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Unformatted text preview: pita consumption of grains, vegetables, and fish exceeds the world and U.S. averages, but China’s consumption of fruits, sugar and sweeteners, and fats and oils is lower. China’s per capita meat consumption exceeds the world average but is less than half that of the United States. 60 90 50 Fruits 40 30 Vegetables 20 10 Grains 0 China These differences in food consumption between China and the rest of the world reflect a combination of low per capita incomes in China and differing tastes and preferences. As China’s consumers grow wealthier, consumption of all foods will grow, but consumption of meat, fruits, fish, fats and oils, and sugar and sweeteners will grow the fastest. Figure B-2 Food supply—calories per person per day—China, world, and United States, 1980-99 Calories (1,000) 4.0 3.8 3.6 World United States Note: Based on per capita kilograms of consumption. Source: United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, FAOSTAT database. A Major Producer China has 10 persons to feed per hectare of arable land —more than twice the world average of 4.4 persons per hect...
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