By Suzanne York, April 14, 2014. Source: How Many?
The president of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, warned that battles over water and food will erupt within the next five to ten years as a result of climate change. As he was talking of the risks of climate change, the UN announced that food prices had risen to their highest in almost a year.
At about the same time as these announcements were happening, the Oakland Institute released a report on the World Bank and land grabs, stating that the World Bank was destroying traditional farming to support corporate land grabs (where corporations, individuals and governments buy or lease prime agricultural lands, often displacing poor and marginalized communities who have lived there for generations).
The Uptick on News on Food Security
It’s easy for some to dismiss talk of food shortages and insecurity as just more “chicken little warnings” that have been wrong in the past. But a look at recent news on food security should give people cause for concern. Continue reading