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Admiral Stavridis on a Plan to Get Ukrainian Wheat Out of a Warzone

The grain escape.

Winter wheat that is ready to harvest in Corn, Oklahoma, US, on Wednesday, June 15, 2022. Grain prices are mixed in Chicago as traders seek clarity on the outlook for Ukrainian agriculture exports and North American crop weather.
Winter wheat that is ready to harvest in Corn, Oklahoma, US, on Wednesday, June 15, 2022. Grain prices are mixed in Chicago as traders seek clarity on the outlook for Ukrainian agriculture exports and North American crop weather.Photographer: Nick Oxford/Bloomberg

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Inflation was running hot even before Russia invaded Ukraine, but disruption in Europe's bread basket certainly hasn't helped matters and  there are now plenty of warnings that a global food shortage could be looming. Even if the normal cycle of sowing crops and harvesting them can keep going uninterrupted in Ukraine, wheat exports would still need to get out of the country. With Russia currently blockading the Black Sea, this seems like a major challenge. In this episode of Odd Lots, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Admiral James Stavridis presents one idea to get Ukrainian grains out and to the rest of the world. He suggests reaching back to a military playbook last used in the Tanker War between Iraq and Iran.