The Economics of Curbing Speculation In Food, Water and Vital Resources

By Hazel Henderson Recent spikes in prices of rice, soy, wheat and corn have driven many poor people in developing countries into hunger and malnutrition. In 2011, then World Bank president Robert Zoellick estimated that 44 million people fell into poverty in 2010 due to rising food prices, adding, “Food …

Earth Policy Release – Full Planet, Empty Plates: Quick Facts

We at Ethical Markets also highlight the role of speculation in commodity futures, even by pension funds, as causing the rising food prices, now verified by the models  of the New England Complexity Science Institute (NECSI ),  Hazel Henderson, Editor www.earth-policy.org/press_room/C68/fpep_quickfacts Earth Policy Release November 7, 2012 With falling water …

The Cause Of Riots And The Price of Food

If we don’t reverse the current trend in food prices, we’ve got until August 2013 before social unrest sweeps the planet, say complexity theorists kfc 08/15/2011 What causes riots? That’s not a question you would expect to have a simple answer. But today, Marco Lagi and buddies at the New …

World’s Poor ‘One Shock’ From Crisis as Food Prices Climb, Zoellick Says

An article from Bloomberg By Eric Martin – Apr 16, 2011 7:49 PM ET inShare0More Business Exchange Buzz up! Digg Print Email World Bank President Robert Zoellick said the global economy is “one shock away” from a crisis in food supplies and prices. Zoellick estimated 44 million people have fallen …

World One Poor Harvest Away From Chaos

Article from Earth Policy www.earth-policy.org/plan_b_updates/2011/update91 By Lester R. Brown Earth Policy Release Plan B Update February 15, 2011 Today there are three sources of growing demand for food: population growth; rising affluence and the associated jump in meat, milk, and egg consumption; and the use of grain to produce fuel …