“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

With food supplies tightening, countries are competing for the land and water resources needed to feed their people. With food scarcity driven by falling water tables, eroding soils, and rising temperatures, control of arable land and water resources is moving to center stage in the global struggle for food security.

What will the geopolitics of food look like in a new era dominated by scarcity and food nationalism?

“Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity” is the newly published book by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute. Brown 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, he exposes the increasingly volatile food situation the world is facing.

Click to read the full publication:  Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity