Summary: Stratfor looks at trade, one of the great engines of prosperity in the post-WWII world. Amidst all America's whining about the unfairness of trade, many industries rely on the great array of treaties to facilitate free trade -- such as farming. Will Trump's ignorance wreck this, or will this be another of his faux … Continue reading Stratfor: will Trump end free trade in food, & wreck US farmers?
Summary: Doomsters dominate the news, as they terrify us for fun and profit. Here's good news from the IMF about global food production. See it here; you probably won't see it in the news. Let's not become complacent; the IMF warns of the large challenges that lie ahead. “If current trends continue by the year … Continue reading Good news from the IMF about feeding the world’s people
Summary: Population change remains a favorite topic for doomsters, providing clicks for the news media and thrills for news consumers. For 5 decades we have heard about the standing room only days coming soon for Earth. That's become a tired story, so they've devised a new one… The rapid rise in population has not … Continue reading Doomsters warned of End Times from overpopulation. Now *fewer* people are disastrous.
Summary: We have a fevered desire to know the future, especially about the dynamics that shape our lives. Giving us confident answers pays well, tempting even the best of professionals. Here we examine a case study: the La Nina related weather and bad harvests. Another in a series about food, one of the underappreciated drivers of geopolitical … Continue reading Update about the potential for another year of bad harvests
Summary: Yesterday we asked if food prices will continue to rise, destabilizing the third world? Today we ask the same question, with the Sun as the suspect. This takes us to the frontier of science, beyond the cartoon certainties fed to us by the news media. This is un-news, hidden from the public as these … Continue reading Another climate wild card: solar cycle 24, perhaps causing food riots during the next decade