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By Vaclav Smil,Kazuhiko Kobayashi

In a bit greater than a century, the japanese vitamin has gone through a dramatic transformation. In 1900, a plant-based, near-subsistence vitamin used to be ordinary, with nearly no intake of animal protein. via the start of the twenty-first century, Japan's intake of meat, fish, and dairy had elevated markedly (although it remained less than that of high-income Western countries). This nutritional transition used to be a key point of the modernization that made Japan the world's moment greatest financial energy through the top of the 20th century, and it has helped Japan in attaining an enviable demographic primacy, with the world's maximum lifestyles expectancy and a inhabitants that's commonly fitter (and thinner) than that of different glossy prosperous nations. during this booklet, Vaclav Smil and Kazuhiko Kobayashi learn Japan's sluggish yet profound nutritional switch and examine its outcomes for well-being, toughness, and the surroundings. Smil and Kobayashi indicate that the earnings within the caliber of Japan's vitamin have exacted a cost by way of land use adjustments, water requisites, and marine source depletion; and since Japan imports quite a bit of its foodstuff, this expense is paid globally in addition to regionally. The book's systematic research of those various effects deals the main distinctive account of Japan's nutritional transition to be had in English.

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