World Climates and Food Supply Variations

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Science  06 Dec 1974:
Vol. 186, Issue 4167, pp. 877-881
DOI: 10.1126/science.186.4167.877


Most areas of famine could be greatly reduced with proper planning. Improvements in food production in nearby relatively favorable areas could alleviate the present situation whereby a disastrous food shortage must become "newsworthy" throughout the world before the ponderous machinery of international assistance and very expensive intercontinental staple grain shipments are made. Such planning would allow man to be far less at the mercy of the annual whims of seasonal weather for his food supply.