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Backstory: Drought and Food Supplies Around the World

Thursday, August 02, 2012

More than half of  counties in the United States have been declared disaster zones due to drought. But the United States isn’t the only country experiencing crop failures or higher food costs as a result. On today’s second Backstory, Earth Policy Institute President Lester Brown talks about water shortages in Pakistan, East Africa, and elsewhere—and how they’re affecting food supplies.

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Comments [1]

jgarbuz from Queens

The US, Canada, Australia and Argentina should have created an OFEC, or Organization of Food Exporting Countries to control the supply of food, just as the petroleum producing countries created an OPEC, or Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. Every time the price of oil was manipulated upwards, we could retaliate by raising food prices in response.

They control the oil, but we control the food. We should have used it as a weapon a long time ago, but we are FOOLS!

Aug. 02 2012 01:56 PM

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