Foreign Policy’s New “Food and Water” Issue Explores the Challenges of Feeding the Planet


News Story from: 7/7/15

COVER copyJuly 7, 2015 – Washington, D.C. – In the new July/August issue, which hits newsstands today, Foreign Policy explores the troubled realities of food and water, asking the critical question: Who gets to control the resources on which human survival depends? “Climate change demands that humankind be nourished more sustainably,” write the FP editors, “figuring out whose responsibility this is won’t be easy. But it is crucial.”


Highlighting the food and water issue are four pieces addressing the challenges of control and sustainability:

-In the issue’s cover story Aman Sethi, author of A Free Man, investigates Delhi’s “water mafia” and reports that when governments fail as stewards of nature’s bounty, corruption fills the void.


-Olivier De Schutter, a former U.N. special rapporteur on the right to food, challenges the agency’s claim that the world has fewer hungry people today than it had 25 years ago, stating that numbers, if anything, have remained steady and explains why local responses, not solely international actions, will defeat hunger.


-Charles Fishman, author of The Big Thirst, writes about what “collective pragmatism,” and “even cooperation among adversaries,” means to salvage the resources of a parched planet.


-Mark Baker, a travel writer who seeks stories of the offbeat and forgotten, reports on Russia’s grip on the impoverished wine industry of Moldova.


Other highlights of the July/August issue include:


-FP’s Thomas Stackpole, who embedded with the small Mormon-led group Operation Underground Railroad in Mexico and the Dominican Republic, reports on the group’s undercover attempts to rescue children from sex trafficking.


-Photojournalist Toby Binder shows what Bolivia’s streets look like now that the country’s new labor law, which legalized work for children as young as 10, has gone into effect.


-Elizabeth Palchik Allen takes readers to the rural district of Masaka, Uganda, and describes what village health worker Desire Njalwe takes with him when he is traveling through the countryside.


-The challenges faced by reporters who cover Iran are the focus of a Q&A between MacArthur “genius” grant awardee Lynsey Addario, an American photojournalist, and Iranian lawyer and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi.


-In the “Decoder,” FP’s Ed Johnson breaks down the global art market.