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Soaring food imports leave countries vulnerable

World's grain imports have risen more than five-fold over the past 50 years: researcher

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Population pressures and economic growth are leading countries to convert farmland into urban or suburban areas.

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GLOBAL grain imports have increased more than five-fold over the past half-century, stoking fears that countries have become too dependent on the vagaries of international markets for their food, an environmental researcher said.

If prices rise, or wild weather prompts