THE FOOD GEOGRAPHY OF MAINLAND SOUTHEAST ASIA
ARMY NATICK LABS MA EARTH SCIENCES LAB
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This report describes the food resources of Mainland Southeast Asia in terms of their adequacy, geographical distribution, and potential military significance. The study reveals that food resources in this area are reasonably satisfactory in comparison to other parts of Asia. However, diets are monotonous and often deficient in the protective foods such as animal proteins, vitamins, and minerals. Because of primitive agricultural techniques, small landholdings, and lack of capital, food production per unit area and per individual is low in Southeast Asia. Despite this, several countries within the area produce more food than their people consume, and are exporters of food. Rice is by far the leading foodstuff produced. Fish constitutes the leading source of animal proteins and ranks second to rice in terms of importance as a food.
- Food, Food Service and Nutrition