Published on Sunday, April 24, 2011 by the Guardian/UK
By: Lester Brown
Long after the political uprisings in the Middle East have subsided, many underlying challenges that are not now in the news will remain. Prominent among these are rapid population growth, spreading water shortages, and growing food insecurity.
In some countries grain production is now falling as aquifers – underground water-bearing rocks – are depleted. After the Arab oil-export embargo of the 1970s, the Saudis realised that since they were heavily dependent on imported grain, they were vulnerable to a grain counter-embargo. Using oil-drilling technology, they tapped into an aquifer far below the desert to produce irrigated wheat. In a matter of years, Saudi Arabia was self-sufficient in its principal food staple.
At present the 14th amendment states that all persons born in this country are automatically citizens. I did a little research on this and found that we are one of only a few countries that grant citizenshp in this way. The most common is granting citizenship if either parent is a citizen.
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