[Ok-sus] Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity

Shauna Struby sstruby at cox.net
Fri Oct 19 10:22:10 CDT 2012

"Could food be the weak link in our early twenty-first civilization, much as
it was in so many of the earlier civilizations whose archeological sites we
now study?"  - Lester R. Brown

Environmental analyst Lester R. Brown discusses the global struggle for food
security and other themes in his new book, Full Planet, Empty Plates: The
New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity. The U.S. drought of 2012 has raised corn
prices to the highest level in history. The world price of food, which has
already doubled over the last decade, is slated to climb higher, ushering in
a new wave of food unrest. "In this era of tightening world food supplies,
the ability to grow food is fast becoming a new form of geopolitical
leverage. Food is the new oil. Land is the new gold," Brown writes. Join
Brown as he explains the factors leading to higher demand for food and the
new challenges to food production in the U.S. and worldwide. 

What will the geopolitics of food look like in a new era dominated by
scarcity and food nationalism? Brown outlines the political implications of
land acquisitions by grain-importing countries in Africa and elsewhere as
well as the world's shrinking buffers against poor harvests. With wisdom
accumulated over decades of tracking agricultural issues, Brown exposes the
increasingly volatile food situation the world is facing.

More information on the book here: www.earth-policy.org/books/fpep 


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