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North Korea Is Under Attack – But Not Militarily

Touch the Soil News #768 (photo courtesy of the Food and Agriculture Organization) News of North Korea’s ongoing belligerence can be a costly game. This is particularly true if you lose your focus on food in favor of competing with the world’s richest nations on military expenditures – a competition that North Korea will never win. North Korea is being hit with one of the worst droughts in its history – sending agricultural production plummeting. Monsoon rains which underpin agricultural production in North Korea have been materially down – a situation that cannot be mitigated by North Korea’s limited water storage and insufficient irrigation infrastructure. According to a joint study…

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Will 2017 be the year of Famine?

Touch the Soil News #689 (feature photo CC SA 4.0) While it is something we wish we could just avoid, folks at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are getting uncomfortable to say the least. While reports in recent years have suggested that global hunger is in retreat, 2017 is changing that. The FAO just released a 2017 Food Crisis Report. Globally, in 2016, 108 million people were facing serious food crisis. This represents a dramatic increase to 2015, when some 80 million people were categorized as facing serious food crisis. An increase of 35 percent in the number of people facing serious food crisis over…

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