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11 August 2012 – India West (Berkley CA): Time Running Out in Global Water Crisis: Researchers

August 11, 2012

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The world’s fresh water supply is is under increasing pressure across the globe.  Pollution and agriculture were the main culprits for decades.  However, as rising temperatures allow the atmosphere to hold more water moisture, precipitation patters are in a dramatic state of flux: withholding rains in some areas and washing away villages and farmlands in […]

11 August 2012 – Circle of Blue (Traverse City MI): Food Shortages Loom Again in Somalia, But Refugees Can’t Escape Water Crisis

August 11, 2012

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The following is a re-post of the first few lines of the story: Poor rains have led to crop failures in Somalia, and the threat of food price increases could push parts of the country back into famine. Meanwhile, there is little relief for those who fled to neighboring Kenya, as the refugee camps there […]

10 August 2012 – Washington Post (St. Louis, MO): USDA estimates of corn and soybean production drop as drought takes its toll on farmers

August 10, 2012

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The following text comes from the first few lines of the story: The government slashed its expectations for U.S. corn and soybean production for the second consecutive month Friday, predicting what could be the lowest average corn yield in more than 15 years as the worst drought in decades scorches major farm states. Nonetheless, Agriculture […]

10 August 2012 – Financial Times (London): US drought threatens food price surge

August 10, 2012

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The Financial Times of London has several stories out today about the US drought and its affects on global food supplies.  In this story, the authors examine the damage created in the wake of the worst drought in 50 years.  At this time is believed that one-sixth of the US corn crop has failed.  Additionally, […]

10 August 2012 – Financial Times (New York): UN urges US to cut ethanol production

August 10, 2012

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The following text is from the first few lines of the story: The UN has called for an immediate suspension of government-mandated US ethanol production, adding to pressure on Barack Obama to address the food-versus-fuel debate in the run-up to presidential elections. Most US ethanol is made from corn. The dispute over ethanol promotion pits […]

9 August 2012 – Financial Times (London): The US must take biofuel action to prevent a food crisis

August 9, 2012

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This year’s corn harvest was expected to be one of the best on record… however, the worst drought in 50 years changed all that.  In spite of all the advancements in agricultural technology, the basics for plant life remain the same, water, soil and nutrients.  Now, with the global population expanding to fill all nooks […]

9 August 2012 – US Politics Today (Washington DC): Olympics Hunger Summit Presents Opportunity for Progress on Global Food Security

August 9, 2012

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the following is from the first few lines of the story: The globe teeters from food crisis to food crisis. Food shortages in 2008 led to riots in 30 countries. The famine in the Horn of Africa, just a year ago, affected 13 million people, requiring over $1 billion in aid. Now, in the Sahel, […]

8 August 2012 – Financial Times (London):Moment of truth for US grain

August 8, 2012

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The following is the first few lines of the story:   Hundreds of hedge fund managers, commodity merchants, government officials and farmers will have one thing on their mind when they turn on their computers on Friday: US grain statistics. The release of this specialised report from the US Department of Agriculture has acquired huge […]

8 August 2012 – The Market Oracle (NYC): U.S. Food Prices 2013: Jeremy Grantham Warns of Coming “Dystopia”

August 8, 2012

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The following is the first few lines of the story:   Ben Gersten writes: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on July 25 issued a report warning every American that U.S. food prices in 2013 will rise 3%-4% — but that jump is just the start of a frightening long-term trend. The warm weather in […]

8 August 2012 – Mother Jones (San Francisco): The Hunger Wars in Our Future

August 8, 2012

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The following is th first few lines from the story: This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. 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 […]

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