The Coming Famine
The Global Food Crisis and What We Can Do to Avoid it
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|Format:||Paperback, 264 pages|
|Other Information: ||illustrations|
|Published In: ||United States, 22 August 2011|
In "The Coming Famine", Julian Cribb lays out a vivid picture of impending planetary crisis - a global food shortage that threatens to hit by mid-century - that would dwarf any in our previous experience. Cribb's comprehensive assessment describes a dangerous confluence of shortages - of water, land, energy, technology, and knowledge - combined with the increased demand created by population and economic growth. Writing in brisk, accessible prose, Cribb explains how the food system interacts with the environment and with armed conflict, poverty, and other societal factors. He shows how high food prices and regional shortages are already sending shockwaves into the international community. But, far from outlining a doomsday scenario, "The Coming Famine" offers a strong and positive call to action, exploring the greatest issue of our age and providing practical suggestions for addressing each of the major challenges it raises.
About the Author
Julian Cribb is an award-winning journalist and science writer and the author of The White Death.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations Preface 1 What Food Crisis? 2 Food ... or War? 3 The Well Runs Dry 4 Peak Land 5 Nutrients--The New Oil 6 Troubled Waters 7 Losing Our Brains 8 Eating Oil 9 The Climate Hammer 10 Elephants in the Kitchen 11 A Fair Deal for Farmers 12 Food in the Future List of Conversions Notes Index
"The sheer number of terrifying facts make the book gripping."--New York Times Book Review "All of us interested in a sustainable food system should read this book and become part of the conversation to determine how we can best redesign the global food system to meet the challenges ahead."--Audubon Magazine "Makes clear just how intertwined global warming is with food security."--Chronicle of Higher Education "Cribb ... advocates making much better use of our brains and investing much more in improving both small and large-scale agriculture."--Law Society Journal "Presents a smart and compelling description of the challenges our children will likely face as the world's growing population and our shrinking resources collide. "--National Catholic Reporter
|Publisher: ||University of California Press|
|Dimensions: ||22.0 x 15.0 x 1.0 centimeters (0.37 kg)|