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Population and Resource Limitations

Directions: In the sciences we often perform what is called a back of the envelop calculation.  Lets ask the question: Can China sustain itself if its entire population starts eating beef?

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You can do this calculation quickly with only a piece of paper and Google, but a calculator might help.

First see if you can find how much arable land there is in China and then the more involved part: how much land it would take to raise cattle to feed the population.  The key things you need to know are: How much land it takes to raise some weight of beef?  How much meat the average person (American) eats per day, and the population in China?

• Step by step explanation of the numbers you used for the calculation.
• Do you think there is enough arable land in China?  Please provide explanation.
• This is a great deal of land required you most likely determined.  Find the state in America that is closest to the same amount of arable land that would be required.

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