Full Planet, Empty Plates : The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity

Full Planet, Empty Plates : The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity

Book Title: Full Planet, Empty Plates : The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity

Author: Michael Bloomberg

Format: Paperback | 160 pages

Publication Date: 10 Dec 2012

ISBN-13: 9780393344158

With food scarcity driven by falling water tables, eroding soils, and rising temperatures, control of arable land and water resources is moving to center stage in the global struggle for food security. "In this era of tightening world food supplies, the ability to grow food is fast becoming a new form of geopolitical leverage. Food is the new oil," Lester R. Brown writes.

What will the geopolitics of food look like in a new era dominated by scarcity and food nationalism? Brown outlines the political implications of land acquisitions by grain-importing countries in Africa and elsewhere as well as the world's shrinking buffers against poor harvests. With wisdom accumulated over decades of tracking agricultural issues, Brown exposes the increasingly volatile food situation the world is facing.