High grain costs, caused by severe drought, are hitting dinner tables from Guatemala to China. But the world has learned valuable lessons since the food shocks of 2008. Will it be enough to prevent social unrest?
Our cover story this week focuses on sustainable ranching, as we follow the movement of green cowboys who try to marry good stewardship of the land with making money.
From the story: “Some of the biggest land-owners in the West are embracing elements of green ranching practices, such as media moguls Ted Turner and John Malone, who oversee a combined total of 4.3 million acres – the equivalent of a couple small New England states. The movement also includes people from diverse philosophical and business backgrounds, from Peggy Dulany, a member of the Rockefeller clan, to former Wall Street hedge fund managers to caretakers for the Mormon Church.”
The fisherman are slowly returning to the Aral Sea, thanks to the completion of the $86 Million Kok-Aral Dam in Kazakhstan. Water is being re-routed back toward fishing villages left dry for four decades due to cotton irrigation projects led by the Soviets in the 1960s.