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The title to the article couldn't be more ominous.

Climate change feared to create global food crisis

LONDON – When Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire Dec. 17, 2010, it was in protest at heavy-handed treatment and harassment in his province. But a host of new studies suggest that a major factor in the subsequent uprisings that became known as the Arab Spring was food insecurity.

I wrote about this in 2011. Speculative Frenzy pushing up prices of Oil & Wheat
Drought, rocketing bread prices, food and water shortages have all blighted parts of the Middle East. Analysts at the Center for American Progress in Washington say a combination of food shortages and other environmental factors are exacerbating the already tense politics of the region. An unpublished U.S. government study indicates that the world needs to prepare for much more of the same as food prices spiral and long-standing agricultural practices are disrupted by climate change.
Also from 2011: Study: Climate Change is driving more conflicts

Climate Change is locking us into a future of increasing food scarcity coupled with turbulent social and political upheavals. If this isn't a sobering wake up call, then I don't know how much grimmer the future has look before we finally act.

Originally posted to Lefty Coaster on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 06:31 AM PDT.

Also republished by Climate Change SOS, Climate Hawks, DK GreenRoots, and Holy $h*tters.

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