The hunger wars in our future
At this point, the focus is understandably on the immediate consequences of the still ongoing Great Drought: dying crops, shrunken harvests, and rising food prices. But keep an eye out for the social and political effects that undoubtedly won't begin to show up here or globally until later this year or 2013. Better than any academic study, these will offer us a hint of what we can expect in the coming decades from a hunger-games world of rising temperatures, persistent droughts, recurring food shortages, and billions of famished, desperate people.
Michael Klare is a professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College, a TomDispatch regular, and the author, most recently, of "The Race for What's Left" (Metropolitan Books). A documentary movie based on his book "Blood and Oil" can be previewed and ordered at www.bloodandoilmovie.com. You can follow Klare on Facebook by clicking here. This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
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