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1. Schopenhauer - Say yayınları dizisi
2. Schopenhauer - İsteme ve Tasarım olarak dünya
3. Schopenhauer - Aşkın metafiziği  
4. Rudiger Safranski - Felsefenin yaban yılları( Schopenhauer biyografisi)
5. Nietzsche - Böyle buyurdu zerdüşt  √
6, Nietzsche - Putların Alacakaranlığında
7. Nietzsche - İyinin ve kötünün ötesinde
8. Nietzsche - Ecce homo
9. Nietzsche - Trajedyanın doğuşu
10. Soren Kierkegaard - Korku ve Titreme
11. Soren Kierkegaard - kahkara benden yana
12. Soren Kierkegaard - Ölümcül hastalık umutsuzluk
12. Dostoyevski - Karamazov Kardeşler
13. Dostoyevski - Ecinniler
14. Dostoyevski - Yeraltından notlar
15. Albert Camus - Mutlu ölüm
16. Albert Camus - Yabancı
17. Albert Camus - Defterler
18. Jean Paul Sartre - Bulantı
19. Jean Paul Sartre - Yaşanmayan zaman
20. Jean Paul Sartre - Sözcükler
21. Jean Paul Sartre - Varlık ve hiçlik
22. Irvin Yalom - Nietzsche Ağladığında
23. Irvin Yalom - Bugünü Yaşama arzusu
24. Platon - Sokrates’in savunması ( uzun versiyonunu öneririm) √
25. Platon - Devlet
26. Aristoteles - Poetika
27. Cicero - Yaşlılık üzerine
28. Cicero - Ölüm üzerine
29. Seneca - Teselliler
30. Augustinus - İtiraflar
31. Boethius - Felsefenin tesellisi
32. Epiktetos - Düşünceler ve Sohbetler
33. Fernando Pessoa - Huzursuzluğun kitabı
34. Cesare Pavese - Yaşama Uğraşı
35. L. Ferdinand Celine - Gecenin sonuna yolculuk
36. Baruch Spinoza - Ethika
37. David Hume - İnsanın doğası üzerine inceleme
38. David Hume -  Din üzerine
39. Voltaire - Candide
40. J. J. Rousseau - Toplum sözleşmesi
41. J. J. Rousseau - Yalnız gezerin düşleri
42. J. J. Rousseau - Emile
43. J. J. Rousseau -İnsanlar arasında eşitsizliğin kaynağı
44. Sigmund Freud - Psikanaliz üzerine
45. Sigmund Freud - Mutlu olma ihtimalimiz
46. Ludwig Wittgenstein - Felsefi Soruşturmalar
47. Bertrand Russell - Sorgulayan denemeler
48. Peter Singer - Hayvan Özgürleşmesi
49. George Orwell - 1984
50. George Orwell - Hayvan Çiftliği
51. Hermann Hesse - Bozkırkurdu
52. Hermann Hesse - Demian
53. Hermann Hesse - Siddharta
54. Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar - Saatleri ayarlama enstitüsü
55. Lermontov - Zamanımızın bir kahramanı
56. Aldous Huxley - Cesur yeni dünya
57. Anatole France - Kırmızı zambak
58. Cemil Meriç - Sosyoloji notları
59. Cemil Meriç - Bu ülke
60. Charles Bukowski - Kadınlar
61. Charles Bukowski - Ekmek arası
62. Charles Bukowski - Pis Moruğun Notları
63. Chuch Palahniuk - Dövüs kulübü
64. Chuck Palahniuk - Gösteri peygamberı
65. Jack Kerouac - Yolda
66. Tolstoy - İtiraflarım
67. Tolstoy - Anna Karenina
68. Tolstoy - Savaş ve Barış
69. Tolstoy - İnsan ne ile yaşar
70. Edgar Allen Poe - Seçme şiirler
71. Edgar Allen Poe - Seçme öyküler
72. Eduardo Galeano - Biz hayır diyoruz
73. Eduardo Galeano - Aynalar
74. Elias Canetti - Körleşme
75. Jose Ortega y Gasset - Sevgi üzerine
76. Max Horkheimer - Akıl tutulması
77. George Bernard Shaw - Gülen düşünceler
78. Sabahattin Ali - Kürk mantolu madonna
79. Sabahattin Ali - İçimizdeki şeytan
80. Herakleitos - Fragmanlar
81. Ralph Waldo Emerson - İnsanın görkemi
82. Richard Dawkins - Tanrı yanılgısı
83. Richard Dawkins - Kör saatçi
84. Richard Dawkins - Gen bencildir
85. Richard Dawkins - Ataların hikayesi, hil yayınları
86. Richard Dawkins - Yeryüzündeki en büyük gösteri
87. Jack London - Martin Eden
88. Marcel Proust - Kayıp Zamanın İzinde (2 cilt)
89. Vladimir Jankelevitch - Ölümü düşünmek
90. Slavoj Zizek - Acı çeken tanrı
91. Marquis de Sade - Yatak odasında felsefe
92. Simone de Beauvoir - Denemeler
93. Simone de Beauvoir - Kadın (serisi)
94. Virginia Woolf - Kendime ait bir oda
95. Virginia Woolf - Mrs. Dalloway
96. Michel Foucault - Cinselliğin tarihi
97. Erasmus - Deliliğe övgü
98. Paul Lafargue - Tembellik hakkı
99. Milan Kundera - Varolmanın dayanılmaz hafifliği
100. Franz Kafka - Milena’ya mektuplar √
101. Franz Kafka - Dava
102. Franz Kafka - Aforizmalar
103. Oscar Wilde - Dorian Gray’in portresi
104. Sadık Hidayet - Kör baykuş
105. Carl Sagan - Cosmos (evrenin sırları)√
106. Carl Sagan - Kozmik Bağlantı
107. Carl Sagan - Cennetin Ejderleri
108. Carl Sagan - Milyarlarca ve milyarlarca
109. Alfred Adler - İnsanı tanıma sanatı
110. Walter Sinnott Armstrong - Tanrısız ahlak
111. Orhan Hançerlioğlu - Düşünce Tarihi
112. Nigel Warburton - Felsefenin kısa tarihi √
113. Alain de Botton - Felsefenin Tesellisi
114. Peter Watson - Fikirler Tarihi
115. Emil Michel Cioran - Doğmuş olmanın sakıncası üzerine
116. Emil Michel Cioran - Çürümenin kitabı
117. Ivan Goncarov - Oblomov
118. Mark Daniels - Dünya mitolojisi
119. Gündüz Vassaf - Cehenneme Övgü
120. Victor E. Frankl - İnsanın anlam arayışı
121. Montaigne - Denemeler √
122. Wilhem Reich - Dinle Küçük
123. Karl Marx - Das kapital
124. Karl Marx - Komünist manifesto
125. Stephen Hawking - Büyük tasarım √
126. Stephen Hawking - Ceviz kabuğunda ki evren
127. Stephen Hawking - Zaman ve uzayın doğası
128. Dante Aligiheri - İlahi komedya
129. Charles Darwin - Türlerin kökeni
130. Charles Darwin - İnsanın Türeyişi
131. Andreas Vesailus - İnsan vücudu üzerine 7 kitap
132. Claude Levstrauss - Hüzünlü dönenceler
133. Thomas more - Ütopya
134. Dave Goldberg - Evren kullanma kılavuzu
135. John Fardon - Astronomi bilmeniz gereken herşey
136. William Golding - Sineklerin tanrısı
137. Sun Tzu - Savaş sanatı
138. Edward O. Wilson - Doğanın gizli bahçesi
139. Neil Shubin - İçimizdeki Evren
140. E. Segal - İnsan nasıl insan oldu
141. Steven Weinberg - İlk üç dakika
142. John Gribbin - Derin basitlik
143. Lester R. Brown - Yer kürenin en güzel tarihi
144. Stephen Jay Gould - Pandanın baş parmağı
145. Douglas Adams - Otostopçunun galaksi rehberi
146. Frank Ashall - Olağanüstü buluşlar
147. Lawrance M. Krauss - Hiç yoktan bir evren
148. Eugenie C. Scott - Evrim mi? Yaratılışçılıkmı?
149. Brian Greene - Evrenin dokusu
150. Brian Greene - Evrenin Zarafeti
151. Micheal Shermer - Bilimin sınır bölgeleri
152. Micheal Shermer - İnanan beyin
153. Pico Della Mirandola - İnsanın onuru üzerine
154. Giovanni Boccacio - Decameron
155. Lorenzo Valla - Zevk üzerine
156. Botticelli - Venüs'ün doğuşu
157. Bill Bryson - Hemen herşeyin kısa tarihi
158. Peter Macinnis - 100 keşifler tarihteki en büyük buluşlar
159. Kenneth  W. Ford - Göremediğimiz dünya hakkında bilmemiz gereken herşey
160. Goethe - Faust
161. Gogol - Ölü canlar
162. Daniel Coleman - Sosyal zeka
163. Jose R. Dos Santos - Tarının formülü
164. Pierre Bourdieu - Bilim toplumsal kullanımları
165. Pierre Bourdieu - Seçilmiş metinler
166.Richard P Feynman - Fizik yasaları üzerine
167. Machiavelli - Prens
168. Rudolf Steiner - Gizli bilim
169. Champbell, Reece - Biyoloji
170. Ernest Mayr - Biyoloji budur
171. Ormiston Walker - 100 Fen ve teknoloji deneyi
172. Steve Parker - 100 Adımda bilim
173. Peter V. Brett - Göreliliğin anlamı
174. Pascal Acot - Bilim tarihi
175. Jared Diamond - Tüfek, mikrop ve çelik
176. Eddi Anter - Ben benim
177. Emile Zola - Germinal
178. Evrim - Douglas J. ,Palme yayınları
179. Evrimsel Analiz - Scott Freeman, Jon C. Herron, Palme Yayınları
180. Evrim Kuramı - John Maynard Smith, Evrim Yayınları
181. Evrim Atlası - Çağlar Sunay, Peter Barrett, Douglas Palmer, Muzaffer Özgüleş, İş Bankası Yayınları
182. Herkes İçin Evrim, Darwin’in Teorisi Hayata Bakış Açımızı Nasıl Değiştirir? -  David Sloan Wilson, Metiş Yay.
183. Charles Darwin: Evrim Devrimi -  Rebecca Stefoff, TÜBİTAK
184. Darwin Ne Yaptı? - Öner Ünalan, Papirüs Yay.
185. Dünü ve Bugünüyle Evrim Teorisi -  Evrensel Yay.
186. Türlerin Kökeni (Resimli Uyarlama) -  Michael Keller, Versus Kit.
187. İçimizdeki Balık - Neil Shubin, NTV Yay.
188. Maymundan mı Geldik? - Kolektif - Bilim ve Ütopya Kitaplığı
189. 50 Soruda Darwin ve Evrim Kuramı -  Haluk Ertan, Bilim ve Gelecek Kit.
190. 50 Soruda Yaşamın Tarihi - Deniz Şahin, Bilim ve Gelecek Kit.
191. Dersimiz Evrim - İlhan Akalın, Yurt Kitap Yay.
192. Harun Yahya Safsatası ve Evrim Gerçeği - Bilim ve Gelecek Kit.
193. Evrim Bilimi ve Yaratılış Efsanesi: Neyin Gerçek ve Neden Önemli Olduğunu Bilmek - Ardea Skybrek, Yordam Kit.
194. Evrim ve Yaratılışçılık - Michael Shermer, Varlık
195. Evrim Kuramı ve Bağnazlık - Cemal Yıldırım, Bilim ve Gelecek Kit.
196. Bilim ve Yaratılışçılık - Amerikan Ulusal Bilimler Akademisi Görüşü, Türkiye Bilimler Akademisi (TÜBA)
197. Charles Darwin ve Evrim Tartışmaları - Bill Price, Kalkedon Yay.
198. Yüzyılın Davası - Edward J. Larson, İzdüşüm
199. Seksüel Seçme - Charles Darwin, Onur Yay.
200. Sevişen Beyin: Eş bulma süreci insan doğasını nasıl belirledi? - Geoffrey Miller, NTV
201. Kızıl Kraliçe: Cinsellik ve İnsan Doğasının Evrimi - Matt Ridley, Yapı Kredi Yay.
202. İnsanın Türeyişi - Charles Darwin, Gün Yay. / Onur Yay.
203. Neredeyse Bir Balina - Steve Jones, Evrensel Yay.
204. Evrim Serüveni - Sedat Ölçer, Metiş Yay.
205. Dünya'nın En Güzel Tarihi - Hubert Reeves, Joel De Rosnay, Yves Coppens, İş Bankası Yay.
206. Hayvanların En Güzel Tarihi - Pascal Picq, Jean-Pierre Digard, Boris Cyrulnik, Karine Lou Matignon, İş Bankası Yay
207. Bitkilerin En Güzel Tarihi - Jacques Girardon, Jean-Marie Pelt, Marcel Mazover, Teodore Monod, İş Bankası Yay.
208. 50 Soruda Yerin Evrimi - Mehmet Sakınç, Bilim ve Gelecek Kit.
209. Yerkürenin En Güzel Tarihi - Lester R. Brown, Andre Bahic, Paul Tapponier, Jacque Girardon, İş Bankası Yay.
210. Yaşamın Tüm Çeşitliliği - Stephen Jay Gould
211. Hayvan Zihni: Hayvanlarda Akıl Yürütme ve Problem Çözme Becerisi Üzerine - James. L. Gould, Carol Grant Gould, TÜBİTAK
212. Darwin ve Sonrası Doğa Tarihi Üzerine Düşünceler - Stephen Jay Gould, TÜBİTAK
213. Darwin ve Darwincilik - Patrick Tort, Dost Yay.
214. Darwin ve Evrimin Bilimi - Yapı Kredi Yayınları
215. Kalıtım ve Evrim - Ali Demirsoy, Meteksan
216. Evrimin Öyküsü - Vural Yiğit, Evrim Yay.
217. Köken - Vural Yiğit, Evrim Yay.

218. Gen Çeviktir - Matt Ridley, Boğaziçi Üniveritesi Yay.
219. Genom: Bir Türün Yirmi Üç Bölümlük Otobiyografisi - Matt Ridley, Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Yay.
220. Türlerin Kökeni - Janet Browne, Versus
221. Pandanın Başparmağı - Stephen Jay Gould, Versus
222. Olağandışı Yaşamlar - James L. Gould, Carol Grant Gould, TÜBİTAK
223. İçimizdeki Maymun: Biz Neden Biziz? - Frans de Wael, Metiş Bilim
224. Çıplak Maymun - Desmond Morris, İnkılap Yay.
225. Çıplak Kadın - Desmond Morris, İnkılap Yay.
226. Çıplak Erkek: Erkek Vücudu Üzerine Bir İnceleme - Desmond Morris, NTV Yay.
227. Charles Darwin’in Özyaşam Öyküsü -  Francis Darwin, Daktylos Yay.
228. Charles Darwin - Katrin Hahnemann, İş Bankası Kültür Yay.
229. Darwin ve Beagle Serüveni - Alan Moorehead, TÜBİTAK
230. Charles Darwin: Bir Doğabilimcinin Evrimi - Richard Milner, Evrim Yay
231. Biyolojik Evrim Kuramının Arkasındaki Yaşam - Charles Robert Darwin, İş Bankası Yay.
232. Charles Darwin - Alan Gibbons, İş Bankası Yay.
233. Charles Darwin Kimdi? - Deborah Hopkinson, Beyaz Balina Yay.
234. Darwin, Galip Ata - Bilim ve Ütopya Kit.
235. Meraklısına Darwin - Pascal Picq, Yapı Kredi Yay.
236. Bilim İnsanlarımız Darwin’i Selamlarken - Alper Dizdar, Yazılama Yay.
237. Darwin Sizi Seviyor: Doğal Seçilim ve Dünyanın Yeniden Büyülenmesi - George Levine, Metiş Bilim
238. Darwin ve Beagle Gemisi’yle Yolculuğu - Felicia Law, Optimist Yay
239. Üçlü Sarmal: Gen, Organizma ve Çevre - Rihard Lawontin, çev. Ergi Deniz Özsoy, TÜBİTAK
240. Cennetten Akan Irmak: Yaşama Darwinci Bir Bakış - Richard Dawkins, Varlık Yay.
241. Doğanın Gizli Bahçesi - Edward O. Wilson, TÜBİTAK
242. Biyoloji Felsefesi - Elliott Sober, İmge
243. Süreç Kuram ve Kavram Olarak Evrim - Yaman Örs, Kaynak Yay.
244. Biyolojide Diyalektik Yöntem - İ.T. Frolov, Toplumsal Dönüşüm Yay.
245. Darwin Kuramı Seçme Yazılar, Eleştiriler - Charles Darwin, Pan Yay. ve TÜBİTAK
246. Evren ve Evrim - Cihan Türkoğlu, Doruk Yay.
247. Evrim, Bilim ve Eğitim - Üniversite Konseyleri, Nazım Kitaplığı
248. Evrim Adamı - Roy Lewis, Dost
249. Evrim Kuramı Üzerine Sorular -  Charles Devillers, Henri Tintant, İletişim yay.
250. İnsan ve Hayvanlarda Beden Dili - Charles Darwin, Gün Yay.
251. Modern İnsanın Kökeni - Roger Lewin, TÜBİTAK
252. Göl İnsanları - Richard Leakey, Roger Lewin, TÜBİTAK
253. 50 Soruda İnsanın Tarih Öncesi Evrimi -  Prof. Dr. Metin Özbek, Bilim ve Gelecek Kit.

for diamonds do appear to be just like broken glass to me

Genre: oneshot- idk. 

Pairing: Phan. (dan and phil in case you didnt know that already.)

AU: Highschool/sixth form. Whatever you prefer. 

Warnings: Swearing, underage ??, mentions to sex 

Summary: After two years of heartbreak, Dan ends up sleeping with Phil off a drunken decision, and old, unexpected feelings come back up. 

Author’s note: i am aware that this is really crap, but i am trying to improve, so please send me requests of prompts, hc’s, etc, because I will write them for you when I get the time. I’m kinda new to posting on tumblr sooooo. PLease keep this out of the main tags, (i.e danielhowell, danisnotonfire, amazingphil, philllester, etc) because i did not write this for them to see. If you are uncomfortable with mentions of gay sex/same sex relationships then im pulling a mannymua and telling you to please dont fucking read it. 


“Pretty pretty.” Phil kissed the dimple adorned on the boy’s cheeks, making them turn a deep crimson. It wasn’t often they could be alone, where it was just the two of them, and they could do whatever they wanted. Dan was completely content. He was wrapped in the arms of Phil Lester, the guy that he’d completely fallen for. And although they were only young, he could sense something really strong between them. 

Phil was warm, having his Adventure Time sweatshirt pulled over him, and a blanket draped over his legs. Dan rested comfortably between Phil's knees, back to his chest. The blanket, which they were sharing, was up to Dan’s chest, as he didn’t have a hoodie on. Phil’s arms crossed over Dan’s chest, with no plan of letting go. It was moments like these that Phil longed for. He couldn’t wait to have someone special to him, so they could be entertained just from the company of one another. And he finally had it. 

Dan couldn’t help but to think about how lucky he was in that moment. Normally, on Fridays, Phil would be off with friends, spending time with them, but due to a holiday trip, they weren't going to be doing anything all together this summer. Which meant Dan had Phil all to himself. 

Phil leaned down, pressing his lips to the skin poking out of Dan’s tee, and it may have been the cold, but Dan shivered under the touch. This was all new to him, he’d never been in a proper relationship before, or had anything romantically special with somebody before. So he was still growing accustomed to the constant affection, not that he didn’t like it, but everything was so new. 

Dan turned his head slightly, only to see Phil, resting his chin on his shoulder. Phil tilted his head to look at Dan, and they both smiled, bumping their noses together. 

It was Dan to finally close the gap, kissing Phil, just because he could. 

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What we’re probably looking at down the road is a situation where there will be extreme hunger in some of these countries where the investments are being made and people will simply resist — and try to block — the trucks that are hauling the grain from the fields to the ports. … It’s a new situation and quite unlike any that we’ve faced before.
—  Countries like Saudi Arabia, China and South Korea have all leased land in Africa, where the governments lease irrigable land for as little as $1 an acre. On today’s Fresh Air, environmentalist Lester Brown explains how the land leases are creating huge conflicts between local populations and investors
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Food: The Hidden Driver of Global Politics

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“Countries like Saudi Arabia, China and South Korea have all leased land in Africa, where the governments lease irrigable land for as little as $1 an acre. "This is becoming a huge political issue in many parts of the world, and it’s creating conflict between local populations and these investors,” Brown says….“And what we’re probably looking at down the road is a situation where there will be extreme hunger in some of these countries where the investments are being made, and people will simply resist — and try to block the trucks that are hauling the grain from the fields to the ports….It’s a new situation and quite unlike any that we’ve faced before.”

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Global Food Security: 10 Challenges

By Lester Brown, The Globalist, October 15, 2013

October 16 is World Food Day. It offers the opportunity to strengthen national and international solidarity in the fight to end hunger, malnutrition and poverty. Falling water tables, eroding soils and rising temperatures make it difficult to feed growing populations. As a result, control of arable land and water resources is moving to center stage in the global struggle for food security. Here are some challenges to consider:

1. Rising population. There will be 219,000 people at the dinner table tonight who were not there last night, many of them with empty plates.

2. Rising incomes, changing diets. Today, with incomes rising fast in emerging economies, there are at least 3 billion people moving up the food chain toward Westernized diets. They consume more grain-intensive livestock and poultry products.

Today, the growth in world grain consumption is concentrated in China. It is adding over 8 million people per year, but the big driver is the rising affluence of its nearly 1.4 billion people.

As incomes go up, people tend to eat more meat. China’s meat consumption per person is still only half that of the United States. That leaves a huge potential for future demand growth.

3. Falling water tables. In India some 190 million people are being fed with grain produced by overpumping groundwater. For China, the number is 130 million. Aquifer depletion now threatens harvests in the big three grain producers–China, India and the United States–that together produce half of the world’s grain. The question is not whether water shortages will affect future harvests in these countries, but rather when they will do so.

4. More foodless days. In Nigeria, 27% of families experience foodless days. In India, it is 24%; in Peru, 14%.

The world is in transition from an era dominated by surpluses to one defined by scarcity. Not eating at all on some days is how the world’s poorest are coping with the doubling of world grain prices since 2006.

5. Slowing irrigation. Water supply is now the principal constraint on efforts to expand world food production. During the last half of the 20th century, the world’s irrigated area expanded from some 250 million acres in 1950 to roughly 700 million in 2000.

This near tripling of world irrigation within 50 years was historically unique. Since then, the growth in irrigation has come to a near standstill, expanding only 10% between 2000 and 2010.

6. Increasing soil erosion. Nearly a third of the world’s cropland is losing topsoil faster than new soil is forming. This reduces the land’s inherent fertility. Future food production is also threatened by soil erosion.

The thin layer of topsoil that covers the earth’s land surface was formed over long stretches of geological time as new soil formation exceeded the natural rate of erosion. Sometime within the last century, the situation was reversed as soil erosion began to exceed new soil formation.

Now, nearly a third of the world’s cropland is now losing topsoil faster than new soil is forming. Soil that was formed on a geological time scale is being lost on a human time scale.

7. Climate change. Agriculture as it exists today developed over 11,000 years of rather remarkable climate stability. It has evolved to maximize production within that climate system. Now, suddenly, the climate is changing. With each passing year, the agricultural system is more and more out of sync with the climate system.

8. Melting water reserves. At no time since agriculture began has the world faced such a predictably massive threat to food production as that posed by the melting mountain glaciers of Asia.

Mountain glaciers are melting in the Andes, the Rocky Mountains, the Alps and elsewhere. But nowhere does melting threaten world food security more than in the glaciers of the Himalayas and on the Tibetan Plateau that feed the major rivers of India and China.

Ice melt helps sustain these rivers during the dry season. In the Indus, Ganges, Yellow and Yangtze river basins, where irrigated agriculture depends heavily on rivers, the loss of glacial-fed, dry-season flow will shrink harvests and could create potentially unmanageable food shortages.

9. Flattening yields. After several decades of raising grain yields, farmers in the more agriculturally advanced countries have recently hit a glass ceiling. That production ceiling is imposed by the limits of photosynthesis itself.

In Japan, the longtime leader in raising cropland productivity, the rise in the yield of rice that began in the 1880s essentially came to a halt in 1996. Having maximized productivity, farmers ran into the inherent limits of photosynthesis and could no longer increase the amount they could harvest from a given plot.

In China, rice yields are now just 4% below Japan’s. Unless China can raise its yields above those in Japan, which seems unlikely, it, too, is facing a plateauing of rice yields.

Yields of wheat, the world’s other food staple, are also plateauing in the more agriculturally advanced countries. For example, France, Germany and the United Kingdom–Europe’s leading wheat producers–had been raising wheat yields for several decades. Roughly a decade ago, all three hit plateaus.

We have already begun to see the consequences of wheat demand outpacing supply.

Corn yields in the United States, which accounts for nearly 40% of the world corn harvest, are starting to level off. Yields in some other corn-growing countries such as Argentina, France and Italy also appear to be stagnating.

10. Little time to prepare. To state the obvious, we are in a situation both difficult and dangerous. The world today desperately needs leadership on the food security issue.

The gravity and urgency of the tightening food situation is such that we are not looking at a crisis in 2030 or 2050. We are looking at an abrupt disruption in the world food supply that could be just one poor harvest away.