• Jenifer Huang McBeath
  • Jerry McBeath
Part of the Advances in Global Change Research book series (AGLO, volume 35)


This chapter defines food security as the condition reached when a nation’s population has access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food to meet its dietary needs and food preferences. It stresses China’s importance to global food security because of its population size. The chapter introduces the contents of the volume and then treats briefly food security in ancient and dynastic (211 bc–1912) China. It examines environmental stressors, such as population growth, natural disasters, and insect pests as well as imperial responses (for example, irrigation, flood control, storage and transportation systems). The chapter also briefly introduces the Republican era (1912–1949) and compares environmental stressors and government responses then to those of the imperial period.


Food system Food security Food production regions Environmental stressors (Population growth Natural disasters Insect pests and Plant diseases Deforestation Climate change) Irrigation systems Flood control Grand Canal 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of AlaskaFairbanksUSA

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