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Food Riots Predicted Four Years Ago - For No Later Than Next Year

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They say the "Arab Spring" was fomented by a spike in food prices. What is a drought throughout most of the world's food growing areas going to do for the supply and price of food?

A few years ago, Sir John Beddington, the UK government's chief scientific advisor stated that with the world's population growing, food supplies diminishing, and water supplies becoming more scarce, all of these factors would combine to form a 'perfect storm' in 2030 resulting in food shortages and rioting. However, the New England Complex Systems Institute believes he is way too optimistic with his timing. In fact, the complexity theorists think that if we don't reverse the current trend in food prices, we've got until August 2013 before social unrest sweeps the planet.

The team from New England including Marco Lagi say they believe that a single factor will trigger riots around the world within the next 11 months - the price of food. Lagi and his team say that once food prices reach a certain point, social unrest will break out in several countries, especially in poorer parts of the world.

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If food prices skyrocket, the shock can be lessened if people cut down on smoking and booze and spend the money on food for their families instead..:)
We never had a TV in our house til I was about 8 years old, and I never had any decent books or a pair of football boots, but my parents always seemed to have enough money for their chainsmoking..
Careful, Jim; you are about to push my button and get me started on a SERIOUS rant!
The people across the street from me don't have the sense to do anything but drink beer and chain smoke. They smoke so much the cloud drifts to my place. I expect them to be the first ones to want what I have sacrificed to accumulate.
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