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Will The World War 3 Be Fought Over Food?

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Pope Francis said a few months ago that the World War 3 has already begun. Russian president Vladimir Putin is threatening the West almost every other day, which could trigger the World War 3 anytime. The Ukraine crisis continues to escalate as the country moves towards joining NATO. Russia’s ambitions to gain control over the disputed oil-rich Arctic region has put it up squarely against Denmark.

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Food crisis could be a precursor to World War 3

Whole world knows the consequences of a nuclear war. So, despite Putin’s aggression, the Ukraine crisis or the Arctic oil dispute may not escalate into the full-fledged World War 3. Mark Koba of Fortune magazine says that the World War 3 could be fought over food. The world is currently facing a massive food crisis. According to the UN’s Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) about 842 million people in the world are undernourished. One in the four children under the age of are malnourished.

United Nations and World Bank estimate that, by 2050, there won’t be enough food to feed the world’s population, when the population increases from the current seven billion to nine billion. Some other studies suggest that the food crisis could occur as early as 2030. Severe weather events such as floods and droughts, economic turmoil, and political unrest in developing countries will largely be responsible for the food crisis, says Koba.

Some experts argue that producing more foods could address the crisis. But that’s not as simple as it seems. Stephen Scanlan of Ohio University says that the world needs a shift in the way we address poverty and inequality to address food security. But the food is a big business. Giants like ConAgra, Cargill, Kraft Foods Group Inc (NASDAQ:KRFT) Foods, PepsiCo and others are heavily involved in food production around the world.

Too much control in too few hands

This kind of control puts too much control into too few hands. These businesses are motivated by profits. What’s more, the food supplies are at the mercy of a few nations that want to feed their populations at the expense of others. According to Usha Haley of West Virginia University, China is the world’s largest buyer of farmable land. They are acquiring massive resources as China has a huge gap between what they produce and what they consume.

To add worries, the production of inedible products such as fuel from crops is increasing. Crops like soy, corn, sugar are used to create fuels for gas tanks. It takes away food crops from people. Of course, Monsanto says genetically-modified foods are the solution, but it has been widely criticized by many experts. According to World Bank, the world needs to increase food production by at least 50% by 2050 to avoid food shortages.

There is still no clear consensus on how to to end the growing food crisis. Haley says it could lead to even greater disasters. Countries may wage full-fledged war to secure food for their populations.

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19 Comments on "Will The World War 3 Be Fought Over Food?"

  1. radon1 on Sun, 28th Dec 2014 10:14 am 

    “Russian president Vladimir Putin is threatening the West almost every other day, ”

    Yeah. Putin wakes up every morning and thinks: “Time to do some threatening to the west”. And does some threatening to the west. And then goes out to do some sports.

  2. penury on Sun, 28th Dec 2014 10:27 am 

    MUST have been researched by a PHD no facts, completely erroneous conclusions, and enough asininities to make any war monger happy.

  3. ghung on Sun, 28th Dec 2014 10:49 am 

    I’m in the camp that thinks that food availability (or lack thereof) will be the straw that breaks society’s back.

    I’ve been working on a dystopian short novel about a generally sociable middle-aged widower who eventually offs his neighbor and best friend after he realizes all he has left to eat is a sack of flour, a couple of potatoes and some spices. He makes a pot pie with great care and has his best meal in years. I think I’ll call it “Baking Brad”. Our hero eventually gets food poisoning from Brad’s leftovers and becomes dinner for his loyal but skinny puppy, Ralph.

  4. Plantagenet on Sun, 28th Dec 2014 11:25 am 

    A food crisis caused by overpopulation?

    Somewhere Malthus is saying “I told you so.”

  5. Boat on Sun, 28th Dec 2014 11:47 am 

    Plenty of land if the rest of the world eats less meat. I live in Texas, so we can’t cut down, sorry.

  6. Apneaman on Sun, 28th Dec 2014 12:02 pm 

    I’m with you ghung and so is history.

    You can grow a lot of food without fossil fuels, but once the temperature hits 4 degrees above base line (currently at .85C and rising) plant proteins start to denature. Even the oil majors and world bank in house people are predicting those temperature ranges by 2050. Drought leading to famine, war and disease will be the biggest killer. It always has been. Oh and we can’t forget all that wonderfully productive delta farm land that is already being flooded and salted up by sea level rise.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-12-25/rising-oceans-force-bangladesh-farmers-to-look-inland-for-jobs.html

  7. Jerry McManus on Sun, 28th Dec 2014 12:08 pm 

    Trying to solve the other problems without stopping population growth is like trying to mop the floor while the faucet is overflowing.

  8. GregT on Sun, 28th Dec 2014 12:55 pm 

    As long as we continue to pursue growth, the ‘other problems’ are the only things that will stop our growing populations.

    We either end economic growth voluntarily, or mother nature will do it for us. Econ101 is a failed ideology, and will only lead us further down the path to our own extinction.

  9. Apneaman on Sun, 28th Dec 2014 1:03 pm 

    The other problems will solve population growth. Possibly forever. Collapse starts on the periphery and moves toward the center. My guess is that we(Empire and allies/client states/rich countries) will make an initial effort to help feed the first waves of famine victims, but only until it is apparent to everyone that to continue on means that we, the entitled ones, would have to live at subsistence levels ourselves to keep it up. At which point we will silently agree to ignore them. Just like we are doing now with our own poor and all of our many problems/predicaments.

  10. strummer on Sun, 28th Dec 2014 1:17 pm 

    Russia, the largest, one of the least populated countries on the planet, with the most abundant farmland, is going to attack others over food? Sounds legit.

  11. dubya on Sun, 28th Dec 2014 1:50 pm 

    Strummer – Perhaps “the most abundant farmland” is correct. However I live at 55N and with 20 acres of land doubt if I could produce all my own food. I can lose my crops to the frost, the wet, the dry, the bears, the geese, the deer, too cold to flower, too hot to fruit. Yes, theoretically all these things can happen in Iowa. However the fact that the only profitable farms here raise beef cattle does tell you something about how productive the land up here is.

    Given that every war in history until 1900 was over food I would generally agree.

  12. J-Gav on Sun, 28th Dec 2014 2:27 pm 

    Radon – Right you are. Putin “the great theatener?” He’s no saint by a long shot but it wasn’t him who overthrew the elected govt. of Ukraine as per Victoria (“Fuck Europe”) Nuland, who bragged about spending $5 billion to get the job done. Then brought in the neo-nazis!

    Could anybody in their right mind have expected Russia not to hold onto their Black Sea positions in Crimea, with NATO, coming in from the north, south and west systematically encircling them over the last 2+ decades?

    As for the hunger “games” (not), as mentioned in comments above, that could very well become a tool for the elites, though it could also backfire disastrously.

    “Too much control in too few hands.” At least this very superficial article got that right. As for food security, it seems that permaculture is still being officially left on the sidelines (big Ag etc oblige), when in fact it could aid massively in sequestering carbon, rebuilding dead soil to increase food production, etc, etc.

  13. Pveroi on Sun, 28th Dec 2014 3:16 pm 

    This piece is weak. Starting from the Putin dread lord remarks. I give it A- for 11th grade. Good effort but what isn’t ripped off of one right wing magazine article is very weak. I’m surprised the conclusion isn’t more gmos.

  14. Harquebus on Sun, 28th Dec 2014 5:34 pm 

    Modern agriculture is the process of turning fossil fuels into food. One day, there will be tractors laying idle in paddocks. That’s when the fun starts.
    An angry mob is one thing, a hungry mob is another.

  15. Apneaman on Sun, 28th Dec 2014 7:16 pm 

    Here is the original piece without the Putin bashing propaganda. In fact, the original piece is plainly about food security/shortages and does not even mention Putin.

    http://fortune.com/2014/12/21/why-the-next-world-war-will-be-fought-over-food/

  16. Go Speed Racer on Sun, 28th Dec 2014 11:06 pm 

    why does it talk about’food shortage’ as a future event? lots of people in world already starving. been going on a long time. anybody heard of ‘ethiopia’.

    bleeding heart liberals send cargo ships of white wheat to african countries to make ’em sick and breed more. it also puts the local farmers out of business. then to keep it interesting, we stop shipping the grain to them.

    usually republicans are wrong, but this time they right, ‘if a man shall not work then he shall not eat’. bleeding heart liberals are wrong to dump humongous quantities of grain onto otherwise useless people’s so they can grow like mold on bread.

  17. Makati1 on Sun, 28th Dec 2014 11:56 pm 

    “…Russian president Vladimir Putin is threatening the West almost every other day,…”

    Stopped reading at this point as the US bullshit was about to come over the top of my waders…

  18. Kenz300 on Mon, 29th Dec 2014 7:31 am 

    Too many people meets too few resources…..

    Yet the world adds 80 million more mouths to feed, clothe and provide energy for every year…….

    Endless population growth is not sustainable…

    Family planning services need to be available to all that want it.

    ————–

    The Pill Remains Most Common Method of Birth Control, U.S. Report Shows – WebMD

    http://www.webmd.com/sex/birth-control/news/20141211/the-pill-remains-most-common-method-of-birth-control-us-report-shows?ecd=wnl_day_121214&ctr=wnl-day-121214_nsl-hdln_1&mb=dtfWIHfXZxtqE9pudELmLeHnVev1imbCq%2f0xB3s74mA%3d

  19. Kenz00 on Tue, 30th Dec 2014 9:30 am 

    If only the Pope would realize that endless population growth is part of the problem of Climate Change. Adding 80 million more people to feed, clothe, and provide energy for every year is not sustainable.

    By getting on board with family planning services more children would be in homes that want them and are able to provide for them.

    ————–
    Pope Francis’s edict on climate change will anger deniers and US churches | World news | The Guardian

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/27/pope-francis-edict-climate-change-us-rightwing

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