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Africa's Stalled Fertility Transition: Causes, Cures, and Consequences?

“Sub-Saharan Africa’s young people are in effect the global labor force of the future,” said Jack Goldstone at the Wilson Center on October 15. “Whether they are productive, how large that cohort turns out to be, whether they find work or not, is going to have a bearing, I think, on all of us.”

VOA Reported CEF Event on Soil Pollution in China

VOA reported CEF event on China’s soil pollution problems. Isabel Hilton, the editor of chinadialogue, and Qing Wang from the World Bank spoke at the September 18th meeting, with the theme “Dealing with a Toxic Legacy: Soil Pollution in China”. VOA focused on two problems highlighted by Hilton and Wang: China’s lacking of tracking systems of toxic wastes and chemicals, and the unsatisfactory qualities of organic food there. “China has a long way to go to solve its soil pollution,” the report concluded.

China’s Quest for Safe + Secure Food: Boon for U.S. Business?

China is facing a serious food dilemma. Despite being one of the largest grain producers in the world, over the past decade the country has become a leading grain importer. Indeed, the rising demand for meat and resource constraints are pushing China to invest into food companies and arable land overseas. At the same time, China’s food security continues to be haunted by food safety scandals—from melamine-laced milk and spoiled meat to cadmium-contaminated rice. These issues may, however, provide opportunities for U.S.-China collaboration in improving food industry safety.  
 

Chile como potencia alimentaria y el desafío chino

"No son muchos los mercados en que Chile compite de igual a igual con Estados Unidos. Sin embargo, en el mayor de todos, en la República Popular China, occure en alimentos. La reciente visita a China de una delegación encabezada por el ministro de Agricultura, Carlos Furche, e integrada por empresarios y dirigentes gremiales del sector privado-- uno de los cuales describió los protocolos firmados en ella como 'un hito fundamenta para la fruticultural nacional'--, subrayó el interés por nuestros alimentos que existe en el Imperio del Centro.

What’s Next? Celebrating 20 Years of the Environmental Change and Security Program

Global crises like the Ebola outbreak force us to consider what “security” really means, said Sharon Burke, senior advisor for the New America Foundation. “Is security getting our kids to school and food on the table…or are you talking about military security and defense threats that require a weapon to counter?”

Dealing with a Toxic Legacy: Soil Pollution in China

The convergence of toxic waste and agriculture has resulted in a soil contamination crisis in China—nearly one-fifth of China’s farmland is polluted.  For example, in Hunan Province, a center of non-ferrous metal mining, it is estimated that 10% of the rice is contaminated with cadmium, a carcinogenic chemical.

CEF Director Jennifer Turner Delivered a Choke Point China Talk at World Water Week

Stockholm, Sweden –CEF Director Jennifer Turner delivered a Choke Point (water-energy-food nexus) China talk at World Water Week in Stockholm. The Wilson Center’s China Environment Forum and Circle of Blue co-hosted the session, Global Choke Point: On the Front Lines of the Water Food Energy Crisis.

CEF Associate, Susan Chan Shifflett, Interviewed by BBC on Heinz Infant Cereal and China's Food Safety

Following a recent scandal in which a McDonald’s supplier distributed expired meat, US food manufacturer Heinz recalled a baby cereal in China which was detected with excessive levels of lead. CEF Program Associate, Susan Chan Shifflett, was interviewed by BBC discussing why food scandals appear so frequently in China. Susan suggested that besides government regulations, large corporations and individual citizens can play an important role to ensuring food safety. 

 

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