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Don't forget the massive famines in North Korea, not long ago (1990s)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Korean_famine




It's interesting how the same (or worse) environmental conditions would produce a slight dent in production (or perhaps a greater demand for irrigation), or at worst a need to import, whereas in a subsistence economy it produces starvation. Things are so good, comparatively, that we can afford to pick & chose, and throw away more than half the food.




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