UN warns of looming worldwide food crisis in 2013

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• Global grain reserves hit critically low levels • Extreme weather means climate ‘is no longer reliable’ • Rising food prices threaten disaster and unrest A Zimbabwean peasant farmer in a crop of maize destroyed by drought. One expert warns: ‘The geopolitics of food is fast overshadowing the geopolitics of oil.’ Photograph: Howard Burditt/Reuters World grain reserves are so dangerously low that severe weather in the United States or other food-exporting countries could trigger a major hunger crisis next year, the United Nations has warned. Failing harvests in the US, Ukraine and other countries this year have eroded reserves to their lowest level since 1974. The US, which has experienced…

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