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Food Sustainability in China


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In this presentation, given at the November 14 Food Talk, I spoke about the macroeconomic trends that have been driving China's food imports off the charts.

Urbanization has led to increase demand for a variety of foods and flavors that were once unthinkinable, a sign of progress, but with 40-60% waste (from food to fork), China is quickly becoming a country that is food insecture. A country that was once able to feed itself, the last ten years have become completely dependent on imports to meet the demands of the market.

A market that is going to see another 300 million people join by 2030.

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Food Sustainability in China

  1. 1. 1 4x
  2. 2. Growth is Good Growth is Great Growth brought more food to my plate
  3. 3. Oils Oilseeds Frozen Meats Dairy
  4. 4. Source: Daron Hoffman (IAFM 2013)
  5. 5. Food wastage volumes, in China by phase of the food supply chain 140 120 Million tonnes 100 80 60 40 20 0 Agricultural production Postharvest handling and storage Processing Distribution Consumption FSC 1 FSC 2 FSC 3 FSC 4 FSC 5 Source: FAO
  6. 6. Food wastage volumes, in China by commodity 180 160 140 Million tonnes 120 100 80 60 40 20 0 Cereals (excluding beer) Commodity 1 Source: FAO Starchy roots Oilcrops & Pulses Fruits (excluding wine) Commodity 2 Commodity 3 Commodity 4 Meat Commodity 5 Fish & Seafood Milk (excluding butter) & Eggs Commodity 6 Commodity 7 Vegetables Commodity 8