China extends lead as top food producer

China is one of the few WTO members to have provided data for 2008.

China extends lead as top food producer

China extended its position as the world's leading food producer in 2008, when its agricultural production jumped 30 percent, measured by value, World Trade Organization data show.

Chinese farm production rose to $759.94 billion in 2008, the latest year for which figures are available, from $584.25 billion in 2007, according to a note by the WTO secretariat, circulated on the WTO website and dated Feb. 23.

China is one of the few WTO members to have provided data for 2008.

The latest figure for the 27-member European Union's food output is $248.69 billion in 2000, the year China overtook it with $268.15 billion. Figures from some individual EU members suggest the EU may have regained the lead a year or so later only for China to pull ahead again conclusively by mid-decade.

U.S. agricultural production was $311.23 billion in 2007, the latest year for which data are available, up from $246.57 billion in 2006. China was already ahead of the U.S. in 1995 when the WTO series starts.

Because the figures measure the value not the volume of agricultural production, they say nothing about the 2008 food crisis which led to riots in several countries by poor consumers hit by a surge in prices combined with shortages of some staples.

Reuters

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