The article focuses on the impact of higher crop prices. The potential of a huge catastrophy does not enter the realm of possibilities. Not to mention the fact that we mismanage our resources turning corn to ethanol and diverting water to natural gas fracking. Hopefull we will get lucky and it will only be a limited episode but there are certain multi-year calamitous droughts that have covered this area in the past.
Salvor Hardin: "Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent"