Monday, June 20, 2011

Is Global Famine On the Horizon?

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University of California Press
author Julian Cribb “was recently interviewed on the Financial Sense Newshour about the arguments in his new book, The Coming Famine. Cribb questions whether we can sustain our food supply through mid-century, when governments haven’t been investing in science and technology for food production in a meaningful way.

He believes it’s not too late to prevent a global food crisis, but we need to start planning now for what happens when oil and fertilizer become too expensive and farmers have lost significant land and water resources.

Cribb confronts us with some uncomfortable truths: we’re not going to fix the food crisis with technology alone; we’ll have to change our diets—people will need to eat less, and in such a way that doesn’t tax the land at current levels. Listen to the interview at FSN.

He also took up the issue of food security at the The Global Change Institute - The University of Queensland, Australia’s Food Security Summit. Watch his presentation” - Source: Is Global Famine On the Horizon? - University of California Press

In The Coming Famine, Julian Cribb lays out a vivid picture of impending planetary crisis--a global food shortage that threatens to hit by mid-century - that would dwarf any in our previous experience. His comprehensive assessment describes a dangerous confluence of shortages - of water, land, energy, technology, and knowledge - combined with the increased demand created by population and economic growth. Writing in brisk, accessible prose, he explains how the food system interacts with the environment and with armed conflict, poverty, and other societal factors. He shows how high food prices and regional shortages are already sending shockwaves into the international community. But, far from outlining a doomsday scenario, The Coming Famine offers a strong and positive call to action, exploring the greatest issue of our age and providing practical suggestions for addressing each of the major challenges it raises. “ - Source: FSN In Depth: Julian Cribb, The Coming Famine With: James J Puplava CFP – Media Options: RealPlayer, WinAmp, Windows Media, MP3

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Videos (Vimeo) and other material from Global Change Institute Insights []. The Global Change Institute, The University of Queensland, Australia []

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