What if I told you that Brazil’s new tropical strain of wheat could cause the most significant shift to the technological power balance the world has seen in the past five centuries? I know it’s hard to believe that wheat could have the same impact as industrialization, but hear me out.
Wheat has been the world’s go-to crop because it’s easy to grow and calorie-dense. Brazil is tropical, and much of the soil isn’t conducive to growing much of anything. Supporting a growing population becomes difficult without food security, which inhibits economic and technological growth.
Within the next few years, we will know if this new strain of wheat is successful. And if it is…food security will rise, populations will grow, and the core reason for the world’s regional power imbalances will begin to dissipate. This isn’t going to be a fast process, but a new strain of wheat might change the world.
Here at Zeihan On Geopolitics we select a single charity to sponsor. We have two criteria:
First, we look across the world and use our skill sets to identify where the needs are most acute. Second, we look for an institution with preexisting networks for both materials gathering and aid distribution. That way we know every cent of our donation is not simply going directly to where help is needed most, but our donations serve as a force multiplier for a system already in existence. Then we give what we can.
Today, our chosen charity is a group called Medshare, which provides emergency medical services to communities in need, with a very heavy emphasis on locations facing acute crises. Medshare operates right in the thick of it. Until future notice, every cent we earn from every book we sell in every format through every retailer is going to Medshare’s Ukraine fund.
And then there’s you.
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