Earth Policy Institute: Podcast (press teleconferences)

Environmental analyst Lester R. Brown discusses the global struggle for food security and other themes in his new book, Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity. The U.S. Great Drought of 2012 has raised corn prices to the highest level in history. The world price of food, which has already doubled over the last decade, is slated to climb higher, ushering in a new wave of food unrest. “In this era of tightening world food supplies, the ability to grow food is fast becoming a new form of geopolitical leverage. Food is the new oil. Land is the new gold,” Brown writes. He explains the factors leading to higher demand for food and the new challenges to food production in the U.S. and worldwide.

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In a press teleconference held on July 19, environmental analyst and President of Earth Policy Institute Lester Brown cautioned that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has grossly underestimated the decline of the 2012 U.S. corn harvest.

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Press Teleconference with Lester Brown on Declining U.S. Carbon Emissions

Press Teleconference with Lester Brown, president of the Earth Policy Institute and author of World on the Edge, on U.S. carbon emissions down 7 percent in four years, with even bigger drops coming. Posted November 2, 2011.

Between 2007 and 2011, carbon emissions from coal use in the United States dropped 10 percent. During the same period, emissions from oil use dropped 11 percent. In contrast, carbon emissions from natural gas use increased by 6 percent. The net effect of these trends was that U.S. carbon emissions dropped 7 percent in four years. And this is only the beginning. For full report, visit the EPI website.

Lester Brown discusses the emerging geopolitics of food scarcity and the trends driving it. Based on the featured article written by Lester in the May/June issue 2011 of Foreign Policy magazine. Posted April 26, 2011.

Podcast of Lester Brown discussing the trends in China’s agriculture sector, including expanding deserts, the overpumping of aquifers, and the paving over of farmland for a rapidly growing automobile fleet, that are undermining the country’s ability to meet its food needs with its own harvest. Together with rising oil prices—now linked to the price of grain through biofuels, namely ethanol—such trends could set world food prices soaring to new highs. Posted Thursday, March 24, 2011. 

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Podcast recording of Lester Brown's teleconference on Wednesday, March 9, 2011. 

Teleconference with Lester Brown on World on the Edge: How To Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse

Lester Brown discusses his latest book World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse and food production bubbles in a press teleconference. Date: Wednesday, January 12, 2011. Click here for the Press Release.