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Nov27-11, 12:36 PM
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Quote Quote by Ryan_m_b View Post
... if a significantly sized critical node was disrupted there would be huge knock on effects in the world economy, this becomes highly dangerous when it causes a perfect storm of disasters. Like if the worldwide food distribution system was disrupted, unemployment soars in most countries and so on. What you get is widespread civil disturbance as well as famine, infrastructure damage and a nightmare of a mess to sort out before you start climbing back towards a prosperous society again.
Ok, that's possible, but I don't see anything quantifying how "critical" a food supply node might be, nor how fragile are the backups or alternative paths. For instance, is there a single historical instance of famine caused by (edit: the failure of) worldwide food distribution?