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Drought and Famine in the U.S.: David Beckmann on PBS NewsHour

Last night, David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, appeared on PBS NewsHour to discuss the drought in the United States and its impact on food prices around the world. 

Here's a highlight from the interview:

Ray Suarez: David Beckmann, is there any give in the world food system than there used to be? Some food experts are referring to a post-surplus world, where the number of mouths more closely matches the amount of food we're making.

Does this kind of event, this unusual drought, worst in 56 years, put more people in risk than we even realize?

David Beckmann: The system has changed in that world's population is growing wonderfully. A lot of people are getting out of poverty around the world. And so they are eating more food.

And there's going to be a growing demand for food, already is, all over the world. So that change has taken place. I think one thing that we're doing right as a world is investing in agriculture in poor countries around the world, helping poor farmer produce more, take advantage of higher prices to make a living and also meet local needs.

 

That's something that the U.S. has actually led over the last three or four years, and something that ought to continue. In a certain way, it's given us more give in the system. When prices jumped in 2008, it was a dramatic setback for lots of people. Three or four years of investment by Bangladesh, and Malawi and Tanzania in their own agriculture and nutrition assistance for their own people I think makes us less vulnerable this time around than we were in 2008.

Watch the full interview below:

       

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