Friday, June 09, 2006

Sushi and steaks face chop as world's larder is emptied

The Times, Asia

From Leo Lewis in Tokyo

SURROUNDED by fast-growing Asian economies and their even faster-growing appetites, Japan is facing a potential food crisis that could reduce daily diets to the austere meals of the 1950s, a senior government adviser believes.
According to the stark warning of Akio Shibata, director of the Marubeni Research Institute, the rise of China and the intensifying global race for commodities mean that the rich and highly varied diet of modern Japan could be savagely curtailed within the next ten years.


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