asks Unscientific American (and CP). The short answer is no. As you can find from the FAO, calories per day are going up, not down. [W]orld grain prices in the spring and summer of last year climbed to the highest level ever. says USciAm – but somehow can’t find space to mention that since then food prices have crashed to far below the 2008 average, and below the 2007 average, and remained stable in 2009. Now it took me 5 minutes and google to find that, can it be that Lester R Brown might be a teensy bit one-sided?
The new idea seems to be, if people won’t worry about GW for themselves, worry because it might cause food shortages which which will cause failed states which will causes terrists. Romm gives us a list of failed states, of which the top of the list is: Somalia, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Chad, Iraq, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Afghanistan. None of these are failed due to food problems. They are all failed due to cr*p government (which they acquired for one reason or another). Browns entire thesis is junk.
Next. Thanks to MW for pointing this out.
[Update: TT points out that I am in excellent company 🙂 -W]
* Early Warning
* Rising temperatures reduce global wheat production (Asseng et al., doi:10.1038/nclimate2470) but note warming is already slowing yield gains at a majority of wheat-growing locations.
* How overfed are we?