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That's half  billion to a billion extra deaths in a decade... 10 to 20 times the mortality of WWII.

Gah.

tens of millions of people stand to see their lives ruined because the bureaucrats at the ECB don't understand introductory economics -- Dean Baker

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Feb 6th, 2012 at 07:37:20 PM EST
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Call it around 700,000,000.  Give or take.

We're starting off with 600,000,000 to 950,000,000 already "on the edge."  

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Mon Feb 6th, 2012 at 08:11:01 PM EST
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There are alleviation measures that could be taken,e.g., been known for at least ten years investing in pest-proof storage bins in Africa would increase their available food by twenty to thirty percent.  However, building grain bins ain't sexy enough for NGOs or governments and the trans-nats won't do it because they can't make money doing it.

As I've said before, horticultural oriented food production increases total food value - like that dude in the Sudan (?) who discovered planting trees increased his vegetable harvest - tho' by lowering the yield from field cropping (think wheat,) the profits from field cropping, increasing animal feed costs (think corn (zea mays) which decreases total global production of animal protein, placing a greater reliance on vegetable protein sources (think wheat) which we've just lowered the total global production by a switch to horticultural oriented food production.

This ain't rocket science.  It is much more complicated and Complex than that.

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Mon Feb 6th, 2012 at 08:24:56 PM EST
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