Vietnam Losing Rice To Golf Courses
By Kickntrue on 10/8/10
Vietnam is the world's second leading rice exporter, but they could lose up to 5% of their crop in the coming years due to expansion of industry and golf courses.
Vietnam’s forecast underscores the challenge Asian nations face in preserving farms and maintaining food security even as they promote economic growth, spawning larger cities, bigger factories and more golf courses.

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Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung ordered provincial authorities not allow new golf courses to take over rice fields or other farmland, according to an Oct. 6 statement. The country has about 60 courses in operation or being built.
I don't have too much to say, other than I found this interesting. I'm not going to pretend like I think this means anything huge to us, or that the lack of rice is going to make prices soar, but I do think it's naive to not pay attention to things happening in other countries. It's interesting because it's golf, but foreign economies in general are fascinating and our lives are tied into them whether we know or acknowledge it.

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[ comments ]
falcon50driver says:
People, Please buy Texas Rice, It's one of the few things left that's made in the USA
10/8/10
 
Kurt the Knife says:
one of the REALLY scary things many people don't know is the tremendous proportion of world population(~70%) fed by only a few strains of rice.
One nasty rice bug/fungus/disease happens to comes along and it will be a major catastrophe.
10/8/10
 
LongTimeAway says:
Thanks for sharing this "golf" article. From another portion of the article: "Vietnam’s economic growth has exceeded 7 percent during the past decade, pushing per-capita income for its 87 million people past the $1,000 mark. The government is targeting a figure of as much as $3,000 by 2020."

Anyone care to tell "Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung order[ing] provincial authorities" is not how one grows a market economy?
10/10/10
 
stevesmith says:
Buy rice an wheat from the USA Go to Thailand and Veitnam to play golf. The courses are great and the mandatory caddies are really cute.
10/11/10
 
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