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For the most part this poor blog has been abandoned. Yet, the new Geopolitics of Food is worth sharing:  The 2008 recession, post-peak oil, and the new norm of our global economic climate culminates in frightening storm – and our plates are the stage. What’s being served is ill-conceived reality of how food – for the the first time in our collective 21st century imagination – is becoming a scarcity.

Can you imagine it? Can you image the continent of extreme couponing and ridiculous rates of obesity taking this seriously? Of course not. Food inequality is exactly that  – unequal: Geopolitics outlines how differently we feel it and where belts are going to tighten. In North America we have laughable debates about plus size models making us obese, followed by an episode of The Biggest Loser. This is our media reality, and in it we have lost the lexicon of communicating real scarcity. Until the landscape of images is scoured to depict the collapsing frame – we are unintelligible cavemen.

This woman will model till she makes you fat.

This woman will model till she makes you fat.

But all of this is beating the same cow till it moos milk. Lester Brown makes an interesting point is how food will (once again) be the reason colonialism will the rise in Africa again (Well, not really, but I like to make allusions stretch like 80s workout tights):

Fearing they might not be able to buy needed grain from the market, some of the more affluent countries, led by Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and China, took the unusual step in 2008 of buying or leasing land in other countries on which to grow grain for themselves. Most of these land acquisitions are in Africa, where some governments lease cropland for less than $1 per acre per year. Among the principal destinations were Ethiopia and Sudan, countries where millions of people are being sustained with food from the U.N. World Food Program. That the governments of these two countries are willing to sell land to foreign interests when their own people are hungry is a sad commentary on their leadership.

Africa, it would appear as if your new destiny is… Edible colonialism. No more Dutch East India Company using you as a port for  Indian spices. No, you are wanted for your land this time. Plain and simple, and you’ll get green dolla, dolla bills in return. Or yuan.

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