EPIBuilding a Sustainable Future
Lester R. Brown

Supporting Data

(Formatted as Excel files - See note on file format)

Chapter 1 Data: Pushing Beyond the Earth's Limits (all data)

Figure 1. World Grain Stocks as Days of Consumption, 1960-2004

Figure 2. Grain Production Per Person in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1960-2004

Figure 3. Grain Production, Consumption, and Imports in Japan, 1960-2004


Chapter 2 Data: Stopping at Seven Billion (all data)

Figure 1. World Grainland Per Person, 1950-2004, With Projection to 2050

Figure 2. The Three-Stage Process of the Demographic Transition


Chapter 3 Data: Moving Up the Food Chain Efficiently (all data)

Figure 1. World Meat Production, 1950-2003

Figure 2. World Meat Production by Type, 1950-2003

Figure 3. World Oceanic Fish Catch and Beef Production, 1950-2003

Figure 4. Milk Production in India and the United States, 1961-2003

Figure 5. Aquacultural and Poultry Production in China, 1961-2003

Figure 6. Meat Production in China and the United States, 1961-2003


Chapter 4 Data: Raising the Earth's Productivity (all data)

Figure 1. World Fertilizer Use, 1950-2003

Figure 2. Fertilizer Use by Country, 1950-2003

Figure 3. World Irrigated Area, 1950-2002

Figure 4. Rice Yields in Japan, China, and India, 1960-2004

Figure 5. Wheat Yields in France, China, and the United States, 1960-2004

Figure 6. Corn Yields in the United States, China, and Brazil, 1960-2004


Chapter 5 Data: Protecting Cropland 

Figure 1. World Automobile Fleet, 1950-2003


Chapter 6 Data: Stabilizing Water Tables

Figure 1. Wheat Production in Saudi Arabia, 1960-2004


Chapter 7 Data: Stabilizing Climate (all data)

Figure 1. Average Global Temperature, 1880-2003

Figure 2. Global Atmospheric Concentrations of Carbon Dioxide, 1760-2003

Figure 3. World Wind Electric Generating Capacity, 1980-2003


Chapter 8 Data: Reversing China's Harvest Decline (all data)

Figure 1. Geographic Distribution of Population in China, 2002

Figure 2. Vegetable and Fruit Harvested Area in China, 1961-2003

Figure 3. Grain Production in China, 1960-2004

Figure 4. Grain Stocks in China, 1960-2004

Figure 5. Soybean Production and Consumption in China, 1964-2004


Chapter 9 Data: The Brazilian Dilemma (all data)

Figure 1. The Cerrado of Brazil (map)

Figure 2. Soybean Production by Country, 1964-2004

Figure 3. Soybean Imports into China and Japan, 1964-2004

Figure 4. Grain and Soybean Production in Brazil, 1964-2004

Figure 5. Grain Production in Brazil and the United States, 1960-2004

Figure 6. Number of Cattle in Brazil, 1961-2003

Figure 7. Meat Exports from Brazil, 1960-2004


Table of Contents for Outgrowing the Earth

Note on Excel file format (xls):

Data for each chapter is saved in a Microsoft Excel workbook. MS Excel is spreadsheet software that allows users to manipulate and view numerical data.  To use these data files, we recommend that you save them on your computer and then open with MS Excel. They can also be viewed in your web browser. If other spreadsheet software is used to view files, the original formatting may not be retained. Each chapter’s dataset opens to an Index page listing all the files available for the chapter. Click on the linked titles to move to a particular data table, or browse by clicking the tabs at the bottom of the screen. Use the tabs to view graphs. At the bottom of each data table is a link that will take you “Back to the index” of the particular chapter’s dataset.

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