Thursday, August 16, 2012
"The Great Drought of 2012 has yet to come to an end, but we already know that its consequences will be severe. With more than one-half of America’s counties designated as drought disaster areas, the 2012 harvest of corn, soybeans, and other food staples is guaranteed to fall far short of predictions.
This, in turn, will boost food prices domestically and abroad, causing increased misery for farmers and low-income Americans and far greater hardship for poor people in countries that rely on imported U.S. grains.
This, however, is just the beginning of the likely consequences: if history is any guide, rising food prices of this sort will also lead to widespread social unrest and violent conflict.
In 2008 a similar scenario led to “food riots” in more than two dozen countries, including Bangladesh, Cameroon, Egypt, Haiti, Indonesia, Senegal, and Yemen. In 2010 a surge in food prices resulted in widespread social unrest, this time concentrated in North Africa and the Middle East....leading to the Arab Spring.
As for the current drought, analysts are already warning of instability in Africa, where corn is a major staple, and of increased popular unrest in CHINA, (my emphasis) where food prices are expected to rise at a time of growing hardship for that country’s vast pool of low-income, migratory workers and poor peasants"
This at a time when one third (yes 33%) of world food production is lost or wasted each year.
And in this 100% pure fantasy land of Saatchi & Saatchi (aka New Zealand) over 702,000 tonnes of organic waste goes into landfill annually.
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