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Global Food Exporters

  1. Mar 13, 2005 #1
    Which of the following countries is not one of the major exporters of food?

    1. Japan
    2. USA
    3. Australia
    4. Argentina
    5. Canada

    I read somewhere that the U.S. was the second largest exporter and Canada followed as the third largest one. I also think that Argentina is a top exporter, but I am not completely certain. I elimated the choices down to Japan and Australia, but isn't Australia a main player in beef?

    Thanks for any help with the choices.
     
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  3. Mar 13, 2005 #2
    I researched both Japan and Australia, and didnt get anything good to show you. I can, however, tell you that Argentina is the #1 in beef, so it seems very likely.

    I did get a Catholic ProLife site though for typing in Australian food exportation! lol
     
  4. Mar 15, 2005 #3
    Austrailia's major export is Sugar. The provide 2/3 of the world's sugar. You should see the sugar cane fields they have there!!! Mind boggling!! It would put into a sugar induced coma just looking at it! :biggrin:
     
  5. Mar 15, 2005 #4
    My vote is for Japan, small land mass, with lots of people to feed. Sea food, and apples/fruits seem to top there list of exports
     
  6. Mar 15, 2005 #5

    Pengwuino

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    Yah it has to be Japan. They import a lot of food too. I would have thought the US was the #1 exporter seeing as one state alone (CA) produces 1/4 of the worlds food supply.
     
  7. Mar 15, 2005 #6

    Evo

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    I am listing the top 5 countries for food export with links so you can view the complete list. It is broken down by commodity. I am only going to list major categories, but you can find all categories at this site. I'm only going to list 2003 results.

    Main site - http://www.intracen.org/tradstat/sitc3-3d/indexpe.htm This is the International Trade Center, United Nations database.

    Top exporters of beef

    Product group: 012 - MEAT NES,FRESH/CHLD/FROZ

    Country..........US $$
    USA...............3,522,901
    Denmark.........2,863,927
    Brazil.............2,470,951
    Netherlands....2,425,703
    France...........2,087,619

    http://www.intracen.org/tradstat/sitc3-3d/ep012.htm

    Top exporters of vegetables

    Product group: 054 - VEGETABLES,FRSH/CHLD/FRZ

    Netherlands....4,187,130
    Spain............3,875,507
    Mexico..........2,594,550
    China............1,875,693
    USA..............1,769,293

    http://www.intracen.org/tradstat/sitc3-3d/ep054.htm

    Top Exporters of Fish

    Product group: 037 - FISH/SHELLFISH,PREP/PRES

    Thailand.........2,144,563
    China.............1,923,411
    Denmark............532,643
    Spain................468,898
    Germany............468,389

    http://www.intracen.org/tradstat/sitc3-3d/ep037.htm

    Top Exporters of Cereal Grains

    Product group: 045 - CEREAL GRAINS NES

    USA..................612,333
    Canada..............244,203
    Germany............124,890
    Argentina.............64,573
    China..................61,302

    http://www.intracen.org/tradstat/sitc3-3d/ep045.htm
     
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2005
  8. Mar 15, 2005 #7
    wow ..I would of never considered the Netherlands..thanks for the eye opener
     
  9. Mar 16, 2005 #8

    Evo

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    I was really surprised too. I guess they don't eat much in the Netherlands. :wink:
     
  10. Mar 16, 2005 #9
    Especially considering how small the area of the country is with a very high population density.
     
  11. Apr 5, 2005 #10
    It is Japan. Thanks everyone for pitching in, especially you, Evo! :smile:
     
  12. Apr 6, 2005 #11

    Monique

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    Only 10% of the country has houses on it, in high density, the rest is all agricultural land and some water and some natural areas. The government has a rule that you can't build houses on agricultural land, so that's why it's hard to build more houses (and why they are too expensive).
     
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