Food is, obviously, vitally important, but the US is rich in terms of agricultural land. Barring disaster, we’re relatively food-secure, as a nation.  The problems we face in this area all involve the consequences of failing to deal with other parts of the Interlock.   As productive as our farms are, agricultural output in the US is still vulnerable to severe losses due to climate change, water shortages, and other environmental problems (e.g., invasive species, bee collapse, and crop diseases).  Farm exports are important to the US balance of trade and also important in feeding the rest of world.  A serious reduction in US exports would lead to drastically higher global food prices, famine, and instability in other parts of the world.


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