My friend and co-author Aaron Newton has a wonderful post over at his site here:
food sovereingty and the collapse of nations
This is definitely worth a read, and I think his response to other readers in the comments section is also excellent.
Now it is too soon for me to make really strong assertions about why the Soviet Union did collapse - I do read Russian, but so slowly that I might as well just wait for the translation. But there's no question that this book raises a really important about the security and stability of nations, and I think Aaron's take is a good and wise one.
We give lip service to food security in our nation, but we don't really know what the term means. It is worth noting that almost 1/4 of all American households experience food insecurity - that is, they aren't sure where their next meal is coming from. That number is indubitably rising as food prices rise. And America as a nation doesn't really know where its next meal is coming from - literally in some cases, as we discover toxic food imports are rising - and metaphorically, because almost a third of think potatoes grow on trees.
If the book turns out to say what is implied in the article, it may turn out that national security at food security are more deeply intertwined than any of us had expected.
And yes, I know it would be better if I could get the links to work. Despite all the good advice, I'm apparently incapable. Working on it.