Did you know? China is planting a belt of trees to protect land from the expanding Gobi Desert. This Great Green Wall is projected to extend some 4,480 kilometers (2,800 miles), stretching from outer Beijing through Inner Mongolia (Nei Monggol). Unfortunately, recent pressures to expand food production appear to have slowed this tree planting initiative. For more information view the text and data in Chapter 8 of Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization.
Today the temptation for exporting countries to restrict exports in order to dampen domestic food price rises is greater than ever. Check out Lester Brown's piece in its entirety, based on his new book Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity, in the January/February issue of Utne Reader.