Future to Include HUNGER WARS (really; not science fiction)08/10/2012
Michael Klare's article in TomDispatch.com is too disturbing to stop reading.
The Hunger Wars in Our Future:
Heat, Drought, Rising Food Costs, and Global Unrest
By Michael T. Klare
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.
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