Décimo post sobre o livro Plano B preparado pelo autor. No final dele estão os links para os detalhes do livro no site, ou então para os sites de venda das livrarias. Aproveite tudo o que o John tem a dizer, qualquer dúvida, cheque no site dele: www.thackara.com , ou aguarde até novembro quando estará no Brasil:
I recently found myself in the town centre of Carlisle, in the north west of England, at 7am. The town square was empty except for a large truck whose driver was unloading packaged food into a shop. An incredible, raw-edged roar of noise came from the refrigeration unit on top of his cab. The noise was so extreme that I couldn’t hear a word when someone called my mobile phone. I retreated into the railway station cafeteria, but it was little better in there: Two large refrigerated drinks machines were roaring so loudly that the sales assistant had to shout to tell me the price of a coffee.
That noise, which represents wasted energy, was for me an audible warning signal that global food systems are lurching into crisis. As I write, there are empty shelves in Caracas, food riots in West Bengal and Mexico, and warnings of hunger in Jamaica, Nepal, the Philippines and sub-Saharan Africa. Global food prices have risen by 75 percent since 2000, and soaring prices for basic foods have forced some governments to control the cost of bread, maize, rice and dairy products. According to the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation, global food reserves are at their lowest in 25 years.