A year ago the world experienced food riots on a global scale. After being on the decline for decades, food prices increased exponentially between 2006 and 2008. Rice prices rose by 217%, wheat by 136%, maize by 125% and soybeans by over 100%. Last year, there was much talk about food security and how to ensure it, along with the reasons for the crisis. These included higher land usage for bio-fuels, combined with the failure of wheat crop in Canada and drought in Australia.
To what extent one can blame global warming for last year's food crisis is unclear. However what is clear is that even though the food crisis has abated for the moment due to temporary trends, the future of food, agriculture and food security is very closely tied in with global warming. Things are only going to get worse unless a global collaborative solution is found.
With changes in the temperature, agriculture in the tropics is expected to be most affected. Changes in the growing period of crops are already being experienced in countries like India, Ethiopia and Latin America. Cultivation of crops that are sensitive to temperature rise are expected to shift towards the temperate zones or to higher altitudes. This has been experienced with the apple crop in northern India and coffee in Uganda. It is not just a matter of shifting to other areas. Experiments have shown that global warming could lead to a 10 percent drop in the production of maize in developing countries over the next 50 years.
Following the crisis last year major rice exporters such as India, China, Brazil, Indonesia, Cambodia and Egypt cut back on exports of rice. Others such as Argentina, Ukraine, Russia, and Serbia either imposed high tariffs or blocked wheat exports driving up prices still further for food importing nations.
Another interesting development was the setting up of the Organization of Rice Exporting Countries (OREC) consisting of a small group of South-East Asian countries including Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. It is unclear whether OREC is modeled on OPEC to form a rice price fixing cartel. The organization has been denounced by many countries including the Philippines, a major rice exporting nation, as well as the Asian Development Bank.
The food crisis led to new kinds of trade agreements being signed, as food-importing countries sought to buy or lease large blocks of land to farm in other countries. Libya, which imports close to 90 percent of its grain, leased 250,000 acres of land in Ukraine to grow wheat for its people in exchange for access to one of its oil fields. Egypt is seeking land acquisition in Ukraine in exchange for access to its natural gas. China is currently looking out for long-term leases of land in other countries, including Australia, Russia, and Brazil.
Qatar has plans to lease 40,000 hectares of agricultural land along Kenya's coast to grow fruit and vegetables, in return for building a £2.4 billion port close to the Indian Ocean tourist island of Lamu.
In February 2009, Madagascar was all set to sign a 99 year agreement to lease 1.3 million hectares of land to South Korea's Daewoo Logistics Corporation to plant maize and palm oil for export. This has however been put on hold after major protests by the Madagascar people about fears of becoming a colony of South Korea.
Yet another aspect of global warming on food is depletion of fish stocks in the ocean due to rising sea temperatures and greater acidification due to increased rate of carbon dioxide absorption. This is expected to kill corals, affecting the habitat of smaller fish, on which larger fish are dependant.
Thus global warming is expected to have a critical impact on our food security. From the land to the seas, the food we depend on is going to be affected, changing not only our future menu but also the politics of the world.
Ilmas Futehally is the Vice President of Strategic Foresight Group, a think tank based in Mumbai, India.
As guards and fellow inmates watch in amazement, a chained prisoner simply disappears - and is never seen again! A logger is kidnapped by the giant humanlike creature known as Bigfoot or Sasquatch. In the middle of a dance floor in England, a woman suddenly bursts into flame. These and hundresds of other amazing phenomena are described in this book in chronological order. Click Here to Learn More
Discover the truth behind the world?s greatest mysteries We live in a beautiful world full of miracles. But so many people think that Christianity is simply a “fairy tale? religion complete with talking snakes and donkeys, magical fruit and paranormal healings, but it is simply not so.
Unexplained Mysteries of Heaven and Earth investigates the physical evidence that speaks to the truth of Scripture, demonstrating that Christianity is a religion founded on fact. So join Ron Phillips as he combines his trademark theological balance with extensive historical research to travel through time to look at:
· The Flood · Lost Atlantis · The Great Pyramid · The Antichrist · The Rapture · And other mysteries of God!
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Delivering the possible truths of more than 200 unexplained mysteries, this collection applies an authoritative, intelligent, and reasoned examination of strange artifacts and events that have perplexed scientists. It explores a wide range of phenomena, including cattle mutilations, crop circles, spontaneous human combustion, Martian lore, Roswell, Loch Ness, weather phenomena, fairies, Bigfoot, the Bermuda Triangle, living dinosaurs, ghosts, UFOs, pterodactyl sightings, flying humanoids, hollow earth, and other absorbing puzzles. Along the way, readers will learn of hoaxes, witness the creation of various modern myths, and learn of frightening personal accounts and startling historical documents. Documenting the evidence and hearing witnesses out, Jerome Clark brings an engaging narrative to the stories, objectively presents their many possible explanations, and lets the reader make his or her own judgment in this oneofakind book.
In a world that uses math, science, and logic to solve mysteries, what happens if none of these can explain the unexplained?
Is bigfoot real? Do giant squids live in the ocean? Did Atlantis exist? Examine the evidence, then you decide! This book will delve into unsolved mysteries throughout history on a quest for the truth. It will seek the answers to questions like, is Bigfoot real? Do UFOs exist? And what's really lurking in the waters of the Loch Ness? Kids will delight in the colored photos, sordid history, and fun facts in Strange Mysteries of the Unexplained. The mysteries questioned inside will give readers the tools to examine the unknown.
Loss of life, destruction, unending pain and misery - the results of war never seem to make sense. War defies logic. Having searched through stacks of periodicals, military reports, interviews, and other publications, author William Breuer has come up with over one hundred such illogical events, and presents them in Unexplained Mysteries of World War II. From popular mysteries to barely believable happenings, Breuer sheds light on the absurdity of war from a different angle.
The book is broken down into multiple sections, and delves into mysteries like:
Who torched the Normandie in New York Harbor?
Did a New Yorker ad warn of Pearl Harbor?
Did Churchill have a ?feeling? that saved his life?
Ernest Hemingway lives to tell about switching seats.
The night when an American and Japanese soldier accidentally shares a foxhole overnight.
A U-boat gives a battleship a piggyback ride in the Atlantic.
UNEXPLAINED DEATHS OF THE SINISTER KIND. MYSTERIOUS DEATHS.
True Stories of the most mysterious, strange and unexplained deaths.
Intriguing, puzzling, and thoroughly strange; these are true tales of mysterious deaths.
Creepy, bizarre, mysterious and sinister....with hints at conspiracies & plots of murder.
Were they accidents, murders or suicides? Were they murdered, or were they "suicided?"
Excerpts; 'Passengers at the station embarked and entered the first class carriage to find that a lady was slumped in her seat with a dagger sticking out of her neck. Just one minute had passed between the two stations, and no-one had been in the compartment apart from the now dead lady when it pulled into the second station. Where had her killer come from, and how had he managed to escape between stations with the train moving?'
?He phoned me the night before. He sounded scared. They?re gonna make it look like a suicide. I know how these b.....?s think,?
'His watch and some of his clothing turned up a few days later on a ranch nearby. His wife recognised a piece of blue cloth; it looked like it came from her husband?s uniform, and it looked almost like it had been cut into a perfect rectangle. It was hanging from the barbed wire fence.'
'Independent analysis on the suicide notes left behind, by Dr Chaski of the Institute of Linguistic Evidence, claimed, ?These are not real suicide notes.?
'First he screwed holes into his bathroom walls with bolts. To the bolts he attached ropes and pulleys and then he took those ropes and pulleys, threw them around the toilet which was behind the bathroom door, fashioned a noose around his neck and then stood on a chair and jumped to his death. But later, when the crime scene was examined, no holes in the wall were found.'
''Was he the sort of man to be threatened? He?d once spent a year living among the Hells Angels. He didn?t seem the type to scare easily; unless perhaps it had been his family, and not him, who had been threatened. Or was he ?assassinated? by a silenced gunshot to the head. One quick clean shot and a fast get-away. His son had thought it sounded like a book falling. A thud; like the sound of a silenced weapon?'
Contents; The Metro, The Writer, The SPY, The Trash Can, The sketch artist, Chased, The water plant, The boot in the tree, The hacker, The marshland, Weapons, Contaminated, The embezzler, The bankers, The ritual, Terror Strike.
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UNEXPLAINED DEATHS OF THE SINISTER KIND. MYSTERIOUS DEATHS; TRUE STORIES.
Unexplained Mysteries, Curiosities & Wonders, Conspiracies & True Crime. All are involved....
Mysterious Strange & Unexplained Deaths & Murders. True Stories. Unexplained Mysteries. Curiosities & Wonders.
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MISSING PEOPLE CASE FILES; UNEXPLAINED DISAPPEARANCES; MISSING PEOPLE. Unexplained Mysteries.
How can people literally disappear without trace?
How can someone vanish into thin air, often in close proximity to other people, yet never be seen again?...Sometimes the most cryptic of clues are left behind; clues that often lead to more questions than answers. Here are some of the most baffling cases of people who have gone missing...
?They?d only been at the campsite for a short while when they realised he?d disappeared. They quickly started looking for him, but they couldn?t see him anywhere nearby and quickly found a ranger and reported him missing. A search was started, and snow was falling fast. Nearly five hundred people were to end up searching for him, including the National Guard, covering a ten mile radius of the campsite. Despite bloodhounds being used, his scent could not be picked up. Despite a week long search, the little boy was not found.?
?He called 911. He tells them he?s run out of gas and that he?s in the woods just off the highway. It?s hard to understand his exact words in the 911 call, but many who have heard it believe it?s something along these lines; ?There?s guys chasing me in the woods. Got taken through the woods. Please hurry, please help.?
Who were the other guys? What was going on? He has never been seen since. An aerial search with infrared and a grid foot search were carried out. Texas SAR did thorough and extensive searches in the area looking for any sign of him. Later, cadaver dogs were brought in, but nothing was found of the man..?
?She had been last seen walking on route 19 on the day of her disappearance, not far from her home. She had no belongings with her, nor any medication which she needed to take daily. Two days later her mother came home to find there was a message on her landline phone. When she listened to it, it sounded like her daughter, and she was saying, ?Help me, help me, let me out.?
?A college student travelled from Missouri University to Chicago with a group of fellow students. At just after midnight he left the hotel conference room and at some time after this he was captured again on CCTV, approaching the main entrance of the hotel. He was never seen again.'
?A year later, hundreds of miles away in a parking lot outside a grocery store in Florida, a lady finds a Polaroid picture on the ground with a harrowing scene. Two children are lying on a bed, bound and gagged. An adolescent boy and an older girl. They?re both staring into the camera with anxious expressions and the scene is one of tense horror.?
Unexplained Mysteries: Ancient Aliens Or Lost Technology? When we look at the incredible feats of engineering that our ancestors were able to achieve, it leaves us in awe. Not just because these structures are beautiful and shrouded in mystery, but because they were constructed on a scale we can't comprehend, thousands of years ago.
The Missing Tech Behind The World?s Greatest Structures
Modern science claims everything boils down to physical labor and primitive tools, yet can't replicate an effective recreation strategy.
- The Great Pyramids Of Giza
- Derinkuyu Underground City
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