Lester R Brown's Argumentative Analysis

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China has been a world leader in the ability to sustain its growing population, though current population numbers have individuals questioning its future. With 1.3 billion people occupying the third largest country in the world, some have argued China will be unable to achieve be self-sustainability, and turn to other countries for support. Though there are valid criteria that these arguments are based on, China has a reputation to adapt and overcome any obstacle. This discussion will present three main arguments with different perspectives on the issue, and present conclusive evidence that China does have the resilience to sustain such a large and growing population. Lester R. Brown (1995) has a clear vision of China’s future with food security, with his main argument stating that with the country’s rapid industrialization and population growth, “China will eventually be forced to import heavily to satisfy food demand” (Brown, 1995). Brown’s (1995) argument was based on ideas about Chinese diet alterations, growth in demand, industrialization, as well as environmental considerations.…show more content…
The consumption of poultry, egg, and seafood has all risen significantly, threatening the environmental sustainability of these markets (Brown, 1996). With seafood for example, it is evident that mass consumption of this product has pushed the oceanic carrying capacity past its limits (Brown, 1996). This issue is increasing the price of seafood commodities, and making future yields unpredictable. According to Brown (1995), this new “Era of Scarcity” is to be characterized by a “collision between economics and the earths many natural limits” (Brown,

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