The world is only one one poor harvest away from chaos according to Lester Brown on the Earth Policy Institute
The question is not whether the food bubble will burst but when. While the U.S. housing bubble was created by the overextension of credit, the food bubble is based on the overuse of land and water resources. It is further threatened by the climate stresses deriving from the excessive burning of fossil fuels. When the U.S. housing bubble burst, it sent shockwaves through the world economy, culminating in the worst recession since the Great Depression. When the food bubble bursts, food prices will soar worldwide, threatening economic and political stability everywhere. For those living on the lower rungs of the global economic ladder, survival itself could be at stake. Read the entire article
Concern about where our food comes from and how vulnerable it is to the current climatic changes that are going on across our planet is a very real and challenging one. For me it just highlights the importance of the local sustainability movements that are sweeping the Western world. I think that the move towards local food sustainability and the recognition that we can all participate in preventing the looming crisis for our food supply is probably the most important movement of our time.
Fortunately there is a growing wealth of resources available to help in our move towards sustainability and I thought that I would highlight this one today. The Sustainable Future website has a great array of resources and links that can help us both research and develop our own sustainability.
What are your favourite sites for sustainability resources