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Rethinking Global Land Use in an Urban Era$
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Karen C. Seto and Anette Reenberg

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262026901

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262026901.001.0001

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Land-Use Competition between Food Production and Urban Expansion in China

Land-Use Competition between Food Production and Urban Expansion in China

(p.71) 5 Land-Use Competition between Food Production and Urban Expansion in China
Rethinking Global Land Use in an Urban Era

Xiangzheng Deng

Yingzhi Lin

Karen C. Seto

The MIT Press

Land-use competition for urbanization and food production has created a significant challenge in China for which there is no quick solution. Maintaining cultivated land is essential to food security, while the trend of urban expansion along with socioeconomic development is irreversible. This chapter analyzes the total effects of urbanization on cultivated land and food production. The mode of urbanization is crucially important, as cultivated land area and food production can be promoted under certain conditions. The problem of food security is not rooted in the occupation of land by urbanization and will not be solved by suppressing urbanization. Instead, developing a rational method of urbanization offers the most effective solution. Published in the Strungmann Forum Reports Series.

Keywords:   food security, food production, urbanization, land-use competition

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