Food security: Growing trouble

By Calestous Juma
Nature – We forget that part of the impetus behind the Arab Spring was the food price spikes of 2007–8. As, globally, we continue to deal with the political and diplomatic ramifications of that, another price spike is projected — this time as a result of serious recent drought in the United States, Latin America and South Asia.

These events are key to assessing the policy relevance of environmental analyst Lester Brown’s Full Planet, Empty Plates. Brown’s message is that the deteriorating world food situation has far-reaching geopolitical ramifications that demand urgent policy action. Saving civilization, says Brown, needs to be a contact sport, “not a spectator sport”.

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Source: Nature, October 24th, 2012
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