01/04/2013

‘Full Planet, Empty Plates’

17:03 minutes

In Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity, Lester Brown says the world’s food supply is tightening, and the reasons are many. People in developing countries are eating more meat, a grain-intensive food; farmers are overpumping, causing water tables to fall; and crop yields have plateaued, despite technological advances. Read an excerpt here.

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Lester R. Brown

Lester R. Brown is President of Earth Policy Institute and author of Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity.

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