GLOBAL FAMINE FEARS: Worry over world food shortages as Indian farmland turns to DUST

Thursday, August 18, 2016
By Paul Martin

FEARS are growing that the world could be heading towards global famine after scientists revealed that farmland in one of the planet’s top agricultural producers is turning to DUST.

Thu, Aug 18, 2016

Ecologists have raised serious concerns about the state of India, where more than a quarter of the land which was once fertile fields is now lying dry and barren.

The vast Asian country is one of the world’s biggest food producers and provides the global supply chain with huge amounts of cereals, fruit and vegetables.

But, with both India and the world’s population growing at alarming rates, farmland across the once fertile country is now being dangerously overused according to experts.

Satellite images from the Indian Space Research Organisation have laid bare the shocking rate of land degeneration, which leads to desertification and a loss of productivity.

Authorities say a startling 96 million hectares – more than four times the size of the UK and almost 30 per cent of India’s land – is now turning into desert.

The shock revelations could spell bad news for the rest of the world as India is a leader in many agricultural sectors.

It is the second largest producer of rice, the second largest producer of wheat and the leading producer of a variety of fruits including lemon and bananas.

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