In the frantic push to find something other than biofuels to blame for food shortages, I think we have winner: golf.
Reuters reports that surging Asian economies, rising living standards, and a younger generation that prefers less labor-intensive resort and golf course employment have hurt Asian rice production.Interestingly, the golf industry is not thriving here in the land of exorbitant greens fees. Along with most leisure pursuits requiring exertion, numbers are down. Still, since I don't play, I can happily blame those guys for the food crisis.
The Filipino government has ordered a halt to the conversion of farmland — which developers recently challenged — and Beijing added golf courses to its list of banned land usages. [More]