Julian Cribb summarises his The Coming Famine, which predicts “a serious threat to global food security“, leading to “regional famines, wars and refugee crises“. Oh tish, faithful anti-environmentalists will say, he’s no different to men who loiter on street corners greeting the apocalypse. Well, no, Cribb’s a fine science writer and he’s not lost hope quite yet. Here’s just one recommendation…

It is essential that all national governments understand that agricultural science IS defence spending.

Devoting just a tenth of the world’s current weapons spend to sustainable food production would secure both the food supply and enhance the prospects of world peace.

Doubtless Cribb will be accused of wanting to plunge us into the dark ages, where men didn’t spend billions of pounds on hugely powerful killing machines.

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