Category Archives: Famine

Famine Continues to Stalk the Earth

By David L. Brown We’ve talked here before about the fact that the world’s supply of basic foodstuffs is falling short with production barely able to meet demand. Now wheat prices are soaring due to drought in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan … Continue reading

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Rains Threaten Promise of Good Harvest

By David L. Brown We remember with a shudder the spike in food prices last year that seemed to push the world toward famine. As the U.S. is one of the few remaining exporters of food in the world, the … Continue reading

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Ug99 Poised on Afghan Border

By David L. Brown I have written several times over the past few years about the spreading threat of Ug99, a wheat stem rust disease first identified in Uganda in 1999. It is a serious threat not only to wheat, … Continue reading

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‘Green Revolution’ Pioneer Borlaug R.I.P.

By David L. Brown Norman Borlaug died yesterday in Dallas, Texas at 95. He was never a celebrity except among the environmentally conscious few, but to us he was a super star. Dr. Borlaug was credited with saving at least … Continue reading

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Ug99 Wheat Disease Is ‘Quite the Deal’

By David L. Brown The wheat fungus known as Ug99 continues to threaten the world’s “Staff of Life” and could destroy up to four-fifths of the world’s wheat crop, according to this article on the Ottawa Citizen online site. The … Continue reading

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Money Won’t Solve Looming Famine

By David L. Brown The steady increase in hunger continues to haunt the third world, but it seems that the press and world “leaders” have trouble figuring out what the cause of spreading famine might be. News reports now say … Continue reading

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Drought Puts China Wheat in Jeopardy

By David L. Brown There is news of a serious drought that is threatening to destroy nearly half of China’s winter wheat crop. Widespread wheat growing regions had gone without rain for 100 days. But not to worry. The Chinese … Continue reading

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100-Year Drought Strikes Argentina

By David L. Brown The world is facing a famine crisis and few if any news reports acknowledge the looming threat. Now we learn that Argentina, which has been one of the world’s few remaining food exporters, is stricken with … Continue reading

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Trade Freezing Up, Food Pipelines Blocked

By David L. Brown The credit crunch is about to put global hunger on the fast track. According to an article on the Financial Post web site (here), grain and other foodstuffs are piling up on docks because shippers cannot … Continue reading

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World Bank Study: Biofuels Guilty as Sin

By David L. Brown Well, this should put a final nail in the coffin of schemes such as making ethanol from corn and fake diesel fuel from soybeans. According to an article appearing today on The Guardian newspaper’s website, a … Continue reading

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