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    BBC News - China drought threatens wheat crops

    The Chinese government has said the country's worst drought in decades is likely to continue, putting the winter wheat harvest at risk.

    The Ministry of Agriculture said the drought had worsened in some wheat-growing regions despite snowfalls.

    Large swathes of China have had almost no rain since October, affecting millions of hectares of crops and leaving many short of drinking water.

    Analysts say crop shortages in China could affect prices around the world.

    The country's central bank is offering emergency loans for drought-relief projects in northern, central and eastern areas.

    Officials are trying to calm fears over shortages, saying the country has enough in reserve to meet demand.

    But food prices have been rising quickly in China for months - and people are grumbling, says the BBC's Michael Bristow in Beijing.
     
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    This has been building for awhile. The Chinese government will start buying up world supplies soon to feed their people driving the prices higher still. other countries have been buying up surplus crops too because they see the future here. When the people are not fed they get angry and look at the middle east. The skyrocketing food prices was a catalyst for the unrest. For the American people food prices have risen but at a far less rate for developing countries around the world. That is why governments all over the world are nervous. Once the Chinese go into the market with the money they have stashed, look out.
     
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    All we need for that crisis to have affects here is a loss of the Dakotas crops. We already have more people using the food banks that at any time in our history.
     

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