"I think more and more people are beginning to realize that food is the new oil in the sense that there's a real struggle now to control sources of food and food supplies," says Lester Brown. "The exporting countries are obviously in a strong position now."
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Food prices are rising, but the impact is not being felt equally around the world, says environmentalist Lester Brown.
Brown, the founder and president of the Earth Policy Institute, argues that food has quickly become the hidden driver of world politics in a piece published in the May/June issue of Foreign Policy.
As summer approaches, parents are debating whether the vacation is for play or more learning. In this weekly parenting segment, host Michel Martin hears from Joan Almon, Alliance for Childhood executive director; Elena Silva, Education Sector senior policy director; Connie Schultz, mother and The Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist; and Dani Tucker, Tell Me More's regular parenting contributor.
The U.S. manufacturing industry has added over 140 thousand jobs since January, according to the Bureau of Labor statistics. Does this signal a lasting comeback or a fleeting moment of hope? Host Michel Martin speaks with Bloomberg Businessweek economics editor Peter Coy about whether there is a manufacturing "renaissance" in the U.S., and what that could mean for the economy.
President Obama will deliver a major speech this week on U.S. policy in the Arab world. With revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, protests in Yemen, Bahrain and Syria, and U.S. involvement in the conflict in Libya, the speech comes during dramatic change in the region. Host Michel Martin discusses the speech and implications with Rami Khouri, editor-at-large of the Daily Star in Beirut, and Hisham Melham, Washington bureau chief for Al-Arabiya.
Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican from Wisconsin most identified with the controversial GOP proposal to revamp Medicare, has decided against running for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Herb Kohl, according to news reports Tuesday morning.
It's also being reported that Tommy Thompson, 69, the Republican former Wisconsin governor and George W. Bush Administration cabinet member plans to run for the seat.