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Can We Prevent A Food Breakdown?

By Lester R. Brown As food supplies have tightened, a new geopolitics of food has emerged—a world in which the global competition for land and water is intensifying and each country is fending for itself. We cannot claim that we … Continue reading

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Can the World Feed China?

By Lester R. Brown Overnight, China has become a leading world grain importer, set to buy a staggering 22 million tons in the 2013–14 trade year, according to the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture projections. As recently as 2006—just eight … Continue reading

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Peak Water and Food Scarcity

By Lester R. Brown At the international level, water conflicts among countries dominate the headlines. But within countries it is the competition for water between cities and farms that preoccupies political leaders. Neither economics nor politics favors farmers. They almost … Continue reading

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The Global Land Rush

By Lester R. Brown Between 2007 and mid-2008, world grain and soybean prices more than doubled. As food prices climbed everywhere, some exporting countries began to restrict grain shipments in an effort to limit food price inflation at home.Importing countries … Continue reading

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Full Planet, Empty Plates: Chapter 2. The Ecology of Population Growth

By Lester R. Brown Throughout most of human existence, population growth has been so slow as to be imperceptible within a single generation. Reaching a global population of 1 billion in 1804 required the entire time since modern humans appeared … Continue reading

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Chapter 1. Food: The Weak Link

By Lester R. Brown The world is in transition from an era of food abundance to one of scarcity. Over the last decade, world grain reserves have fallen by one third. World food prices have more than doubled, triggering a … Continue reading

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New Era of Food Scarcity Echoes Collapsed Civilizations

By Lester R. Brown The world is in transition from an era of food abundance to one of scarcity. Over the last decade, world grain reserves have fallen by one third. World food prices have more than doubled, triggering a … Continue reading

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