Drought Stalks the Global Food Supply

America’s Corn Belt needs rain now to avoid a catastrophic harvest
Photograph by Scott Olson/Getty Images

When rain doesn’t fall in Iowa, it’s not just Des Moines that starts fretting. Food buyers from Addis Ababa to Beijing all are touched by the fate of the corn crop in the U.S., the world’s breadbasket in an era when crop shortages mean riots.

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