Date of Completion

Spring 5-12-2023

Thesis Advisor(s)

Stacy Maddern, Mary Donegan

Honors Major

Urban and Community Studies


Environmental Studies | Food Security | Human Ecology | Nature and Society Relations | Other Economics | Politics and Social Change | Urban Studies and Planning


Examinations of the causal chain between ecological impacts and food shortages reveal significant impending global disturbances. This paper draws a causal link between ecological impacts and low food productivity which will lead to food insecurity and economic crises in the near term. Further, this paper argues that food insecurity may lead to the collapse of the capitalist world system. This threat is contrasted with “business as usual” climate models which, rather than depicting the collapse of the capitalist world system, depict its persistence throughout the collapse of the world ecology.