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Corn Prices and the Global Food Economy - Paul Roberts

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2008/06/18/Paul_Roberts_The_End_of_Food Paul Roberts discusses how biofuels have driven corn prices up, in turn, causing a "ripple effect" throughout the global economy. ----- More than 1.1 billion people worldwide are at risk of obesity-related illness, while roughly as many people are starving. Meanwhile, global food production faces dangers, including some chemicals, destructive farming techniques and contamination. Roberts takes a close look at food production, transport and consumption on a global scale, uncovering disturbing trends about the system we all entrust to handle our food. Will people take heed and work to improve the health of our food supply and distribution chain, before it is too late for millions of people around the world? - The Commonwealth Club of California Paul Roberts is the author of The End of Oil, which was a 2005 New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Book Award finalist, and he is a regular contributor to Harper?s Magazine. A long-time observer of both business and environmental issues, he is an expert on the complex interplay of economics, technology, and the natural world. He lives in Washington State.
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