The Environmental Journal of Southern Appalachia

Thinking Globally: Many places suffer even worse inflation!

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MOTHER EARTH  Scarcity of food, lack of safety nets and paucity of solidarity lead to famine. 12-minute video raises awareness of how global crises combine with intricate national and international issues to precipitate local predicament.

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