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The Geopolitics of Food Scarcity

Monday, May 02, 2011

Lester Brown, President of The Earth Policy Institute, discusses the emerging geopolitics of food scarcity. His latest article in Foreign Policy looks at the role food scarcity has in driving political upheaval in the Middle East and threatening stability in other developing regions. Falling water tables, eroding soils, and rising temperatures threaten food supplies, and Brown will discuss the political implications.

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Comments [4]

Amy from Manhattan

I'd heard that the next wars would be over water, but I guess a lot of that will happen via wars for food.

May. 02 2011 01:59 PM
carolyn from Park Slope Brooklyn

How about WHEAT FUTURES feature in article called "The Food Bubble" Harper's Magazine JULY 2010 by Frederick Kaufman. Great article about trading wheat futures as opposed to just water in causing increased hunger due to the rising cost of wheat, etc. Wheat first, what other foods will the traders deem!!! Please ask your guest about where he thinks this fits in his picture of the future of food and the world!!! Thank you!!

May. 02 2011 01:55 PM
caroline from where there's some water

what's the effict of hedge funds buying farmland/water tables in NY state, other states? in this country [there was also a L&O episode on this - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1727032/ ] and a recent gawker article w/ this info
http://gawker.com/#!5795672/the-great-western-drought-is-coming

May. 02 2011 01:54 PM
Troy from Carroll Gardens

As with most problems in the world—obesity, hunger, animal cruelty, factory farming, totally gross rashes—couldn't this just be solved with all of us going vegan?

May. 02 2011 01:49 PM

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