Scientists say “rapid and far-reaching changes in all aspects of society” will have to be made and that what we eat is high on the list.
Our fixation on efficiency and markets is destroying whole swaths of the planet. Only a genuine people's movement can offer a remedy.
Without an urgent effort to find a political solution and get massive food aid into the country, almost 7 million people may face starvation.
President Trump's response to the most serious humanitarian catastrophe since the end of World War II is to slash aid, bar refugees and expand the military.
Roughly 30,000 residents of a Syrian town a few dozen miles from the capital, Damascus, say they are trapped and dying of starvation as a result of a monthslong siege by forces loyal to President Bashar Assad.
With malnutrition already well past dangerous levels, some 10 million Africans will face extreme hunger over the next few months as the threat of famine floats across West Africa amid a drought that killed off last year's crops and has left the region's agricultural economy in ruins.
A World Bank report, held from public view for several months, finds strong evidence that increased production of biofuels such as ethanol has caused a sharp climb in the price of foodstuffs worldwide. "The report stands as a blistering rebuke to the Bush's administration's unchecked biofuel boosterism," argues environmental writer Tom Philpott.
Zimbabwe's president plans to stop by Rome for a food summit sponsored by the United Nations, a fact that Australia's foreign minister finds "frankly obscene." He's not alone in his disdain for Robert Mugabe, who has transformed Zimbabwe from one of Africa's bread baskets into a place of chronic hunger.