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Food in health security in North East Asia.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19965336     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Food and health security in North East Asia including South Korea, North Korea, China and Japan was compared. Because this region contains countries with many complex problems, it is worthwhile to study the current situation. With about 24% of the world's population, all North East Asian countries supply between 2400 and 3000 Kcal of energy. Regarding health status, two extreme problems exist. One is malnutrition in North Korea and China and the other is chronic degenerative disease in Japan, South Korea and China. Because quality, quantity and safety of the food supply have to be secured for health security, some topics are selected and discussed. 1) World food price can have an effect on food security for countries with a low food self sufficiency rate such as Japan and Korea; specially, for the urban poor. 2) Population aging can increase the number of aged people without food security. An aged population with less income and no support from their off-spring, because of disappearing traditional values, may have food insecurity. 3) Population growth and economic growth in this region may worsen food problems. Since a quarter of the world's population resides in this region, populations will continue to increase. With economic growth, people will consume more animal products. 4) Climate change generates food production problems. As the progress of industry continues, there will be less land for food and more pollutants in the environment. 5) Political instability will cause food insecurity and conflict will cause problems with regard to food aid.
Hyun-Kyung Moon
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Asia Pacific journal of clinical nutrition     Volume:  18     ISSN:  0964-7058     ISO Abbreviation:  Asia Pac J Clin Nutr     Publication Date:  2009  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-12-07     Completed Date:  2010-03-08     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9440304     Medline TA:  Asia Pac J Clin Nutr     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  486-92     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Food and Nutrition, Dankook University, 126 Jukjeondong, Sujiku, Yonginsi, Gyunggido 448-701, Korea.
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MeSH Terms
China / epidemiology
Chronic Disease / epidemiology
Climate Change
Food Supply* / economics
Health Status*
Health Status Disparities
Japan / epidemiology
Korea / epidemiology
Malnutrition / epidemiology
Population Growth
Socioeconomic Factors

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