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: 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
Summary: Riots around the world in 2008 and this year show the effect of rising food prices. There are many drivers of prices -- increasing consumption, under-investment, pests/disease, weather. And despite the propaganda, cool cycles usually cause more harm than warm cycles. In this series we examine two wild cards, potential causing years of cool weather. Today: decadal climate cycles. … Continue reading Will food prices continue to rise, destabilizing the third world? A look at the ENSO.
Summary: Readers of the FM website respond to its contents with a flood of comments (emailed or using the comment form). Mostly critical, appropriate to it content -- speculation about the topics on the edge of the known. Some brilliant. Some illustrate why America might have a very difficult time in the coming years. Here we … Continue reading More about rising food prices (perhaps one of the big trends of the next decade)