While I depend on The Internet as my primary source for info, I occasionally hear on late night radio some very useful info. This episode of BBC TechNation really sparked my interest; and I found it online. Extreme Weather and a Resilient Global Food Supply
Moira speaks with ROBIN GRIMES, Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, TIM BENTON Champion of the UK Food Security Program with an update on the joint UK-US 2015 report Extreme Weather and Resilience of the Global Food System, and RICHARD BARKER, the Chairmen of the UK’s Precision Medicine Catapult. About a paper presented at the recent AAAS conference.
I was very pleased to hear that such a study was done, about how climate change enhanced weather disasters can severely upset the global food supply, leading to food riots and international instability. Mentioned was the seldom heard fact that the Syrian crisis started after a severe drought and following food crisis, as was the Arab Spring phenomenon.
It was strongly implied that global agreements about food trade were necessary to avoid global disasters, trade that would not make profit the sole criteria of policy. Their solution was within the continuation of factory farm systems, and did not discuss the needed movement towards more localization of food production. Yet, the concern and analysis was high quality.
This led me to wonder about TPP, TTIP, & TISA; which I have strongly opposed, and which are opposed by many, but supported by the Obama administration (to my puzzlement). What is never mentioned in the main media reporting on TPP is that the worst features have nothing to do with trade, but give corporations the legal right to interfere with national, state, and even local sovereignty, if it threatens their profits.
This BBC report caused my to wonder if TPP may actually be designed to account for the potential crises cited in the joint UK-US 2015 report, which may be why Obama supports it. Yet, this joint report is new and TPP has been in design for many years. Governments may not wish to make public the potential crises, and thus the attempt to slip TPP through without analysis. The fossil fuel corporations are willing to risk humankind and the planet for short term profits; the global food corporations may be playing the same game.
This is another significant reason to call for full exposure of the content of TPP, and to compare it with the recommendations of the joint report. Can someone help insert this into the Bernie Sanders campaign?