With food scarcity driven by falling water tables, eroding soils
and rising temperatures, control of arable land and water resources
is moving to centre stage in the global struggle for food security.
"In this era of tightening world food supplies, the ability to grow
food is fast becoming a new form of geopolitical leverage. Food is
the new oil.", Lester R. Brown writes. Here, Brown, "One of the
world's most influential thinkers" (Washington Post), discusses
what the geopolitics of food will look like in a new era dominated
by scarcity and food nationalism. He outlines the political
implications of land acquisitions by grain-importing countries in
Africa and elsewhere as well as the world's shrinking buffers
against poor harvests. With wisdom accumulated over decades of
tracking agricultural issues, Brown exposes the increasingly
volatile food situation the world is facing.