China Dersertification

NPR's Rob Gifford reports from northern China that feeding the country's huge population has become even more difficult because of desertification. For years, the government encouraged Chinese peasants to clear more forests and produce more crops and livestock. But this has caused soil erosion, flooding and the spread of the Gobi desert. Now the government is encouraging tree planting, restricting the peasants' freedom to plant... and feed themselves.

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