The Pessimist’s Guide to 2019, Fire, Floods, and Famine

This article discusses a Bloomberg artice titled “The Pessimist’s Guide to 2019, Fire, Floods, and Famine”. It provides a scary scenario that could happen. Let’s hope not.

It’s the end of 2019 and America’s bountiful harvest is in. But President Donald Trump is facing a crisis few contemplated the year before: a food shortage almost everywhere else in the world.

The seeds were sown after an unexpectedly severe El Niño and widespread droughts diminished food production around the world, roiling trade patterns already broken by a tariff war. Hunger was rampant and refugees were on the move.

Attention turned toward North America, where crop yields were ample and supplies plentiful. The U.S. was in a position to help. What would the president decide?

If what you are about to read sounds far-fetched, remember this: All the weather disasters and most of the policy scenarios described here have happened in the past. Just not at once.

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