"Attention has focused on oil insecurity, and rightly so, but it is not the same as food insecurity. An empty gas tank is one thing, an empty stomach another. And while there are substitutes for oil, there are none for food." –Lester R. Brown, Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization.
Today the temptation for exporting countries to restrict exports in order to dampen domestic food price rises is greater than ever. Check out Lester Brown's piece in its entirety, based on his new book Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity, in the January/February issue of Utne Reader.