Our Global Food System Was Already in Crisis. Russia’s War Will Make It Worse
The Global South will suffer the most as colonial legacies, climate change, and capitalism continue to plunge millions into hunger.
Boston Review, 2022
War in Ukraine is exacerbating a global food crisis brought on by climate change and capitalism.
In 2021, Ukraine and Russia grew approximately 30% of the world’s wheat. Since the Russian invasion in 2022, a surge in wheat prices has spelled trouble for food affordability, particularly in the developing economies. And as history demonstrates, high prices and food shortages are triggers for political and economic instability. Professor Raj Patel examines the current state of the world’s food resources, affected by politics, economic inequality and climate change. Executives and investors will find this a thought-provoking analysis of an unfolding disaster.
About the Author
Raj Patel, an author and filmmaker, is a professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.
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