We are entering a new food era, one marked by higher food prices, growing numbers of hungry people, and an intensifying competition for land and water that has now crossed national boundaries as food-importing countries buy or lease vast tracts of land in other countries. China is a major force behind this shift. A decade ago, for example, China was self-sufficient in soybeans. Last year, half of all the 80 million tons or so of soybeans entering international trade went to China. Lester Brown, president of Earth Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., will offer a plan of action for resolving these issues.
DATE: Tuesday, June 1 2010
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
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ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Lester R. Brown, described as one of the worlds most influential thinkers by The Washington Post, is founder and president of Earth Policy Institute, a non-profit environmental research organization based in Washington, D.C. Some 30 years ago, Brown helped pioneer the concept of sustainable development. He was founder and president of the Worldwatch Institute during its first 26 years. During a career that started with tomato farming, Brown has authored or coauthored over 50 books, the most recent of which is Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization. His accolades include the 1987 United Nations Environment Prize, a MacArthur Foundation genius award and the 1994 Blue Planet Prize for his exceptional contributions to solving global environmental problems.