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Nov 24, 2011
Hot Off the Press: USC Canada’s Food Crisis Primer

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Overwhelmed by floods of information and trying to make sense of it all? We’ve put together a short primer on the Global Food Crisis for you. It answers three key questions:

  • What is it?
  • What’s causing it?
  • What can we do about it?

Food issues are deeply connected to the most pressing issues of our times. The good news is, we can turn this around if we understand the problems and get started on the solutions.

We’re also working on a web-resource of information, links, and sources. So, take a look at the primer, give us your feedback, and leave comments below with any useful information, statistics, videos, and reports that will help us take those important steps forward.

Here’s one interesting statistic we found in an issue of Foreign Policy, last January:

“The US rule of thumb is that, for every 5 million cars added to a country’s fleet, roughly 1 million acres must be paved to accommodate them. And cropland is often the loser.”

Source: The Great Food Crisis of 2011, Lester Brown, Foreign Policy, January 10, 2011. Lester R. Brown is president of Earth Policy Institute and author of World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse.

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