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The BRIC Countries

The BRIC Countries | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
For some time now, Brazil, Russia, India, and China have been grouped together under the acronym BRIC.

 

What are the demographic profiles of these "BRIC" countries that are increasingly looming large in the global consciousness?  While they to not quite fit the profile of more developed countries (MDCs), the BRIC countries are notable for how rapidly they are closing the gap in many metrics. 


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China’s Growing Meat Consumption is Driving Corn Imports and Creating a New Strategic Dependency | Andrew S. Erickson

China’s Growing Meat Consumption is Driving Corn Imports and Creating a New Strategic Dependency | Andrew S. Erickson | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it

China will likely import 3.0 million tonnes of corn in the 2011/12 market year, more than triple the amount it took in 2010/11 (USDA). As Chinese consumers eat more meat, China’s corn imports are likely to evolve along the trajectory of its soybean imports, which have risen fourfold in the past decade. Because of rapid, highly polluting industrialization and other development, China’s progressively diminishing arable land and clean water base is already almost fully utilized.

 

The U.S. and Argentina are the largest global corn exporters, respectively, and are well situated to capitalize on Chinese consumers’ growing taste for corn-intensive meat....


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