Changes in Agricultural Land Requirements for Food Provision in China 1990-2020: A Comparison Between Urban and Rural Residents
Bei Lyu 6,7
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Institute For Chengdu-Chongqing Economic Zone Development, Chongqing Technology and Business University, Chongqing 400067, PR China
Qinghai University Library, Qinghai university, Qinghai 810000, PR China
College of Environment and Resources, Chongqing Technology and Business University
Institute of nationalities, Guizhou Academy of Social Sciences, Guiyang 550002, PR China
School of Economics and Management, Taiyuan Normal University, Taiyuan 030619, PR China
School of Economicsand Management, Huaibei Normal University, Huaibei, 235000, PR China
Chinese Graduate School, Panyapiwat Institute of Management, Nonthaburi, 111200, Thailand
Submission date: 2023-12-10
Final revision date: 2024-04-07
Acceptance date: 2024-04-13
Online publication date: 2024-05-29
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Bei Lyu   

School of Economics and Management, Huaibei Normal University, Huaibei Normal University, No. 100, Dongshan Road,, 235000, Huaibei, China
China’s rapid income growth and urbanization have led to significant changes in food consumption patterns, and these dietary changes may increase the demand for agricultural land for food supply. This study explores the changes in urban and rural residents’ cropland demand based on dietary data of Chinese residents from 1990 to 2020, using dietary nutritional analysis and a cropland footprint method. The results show that during the study period, the total cropland demand of rural residents decreased by 31.02%, from 61.31 million hm2 to 42.29 million hm2, while the total cropland demand of urban residents increased by 246.83%, from 22.91 million hm2 to 79.46 million hm2. The results reveal that the primary drivers of increased cropland demand are urbanization and rising animal-based dietary patterns. However, the contribution of increased agricultural productivity to decreased demand for cropland is relatively small and inadequate to compensate for the increased demand. In short, the pressure to protect arable land in China will continue to rise, and protecting existing arable land, improving cropland productivity, and making full use of international resources are the main ways to alleviate the pressure on arable land protection.
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