Food Security

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Polity, Dec 28, 2010 - Business & Economics - 205 pages
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Throughout history, human societies have struggled to ensure that all people have access to sufficient food to lead active and healthy lives. Despite great global effort, events of the early 21st century clearly demonstrate that food remains a pressing challenge which has significant implications for security. Rising food prices have motivated unrest in many parts of the world and increased the number of people who do not receive proper nutrition. National and international food safety incidents have raised awareness of the ability of the food supply to transfer health threats to people and animals. Agricultural and food production activities are key drivers of environmental and climate change while also likely to face significant impacts from these changes in coming decades.

In this book, Bryan McDonald explores how processes of globalization and global change have reshaped food systems in ways that have significant impacts for the national security of states and the human of communities and individuals. Over the past few decades, local, regional, and national food systems have increasingly become intertwined in an emerging global food network. This complex web of relations includes the production, harvest, processing, transport, and consumption of food. While this global food network provides new opportunities for improving health and well-being, it also gives rise to new sources of security threats and vulnerabilities.

This detailed and comprehensive introduction to the major issues impacting global food security will be essential reading for students and scholars in security studies, international politics, and environmental studies.
 

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Contents

Twentyfirst Century Challenges to Food Security
1
1 Food Security and the Global Food System
12
Shifts in World Food Systems
33
3 Global Trends Impacting Food Security
54
The Challenge of Malnutrition in an Era of Global Change
77
The Environmental Impacts of Agriculture and Food Production
98
Threats to Health and Food Security from Disease Contamination and Biological Weapons
124
Sustainable Food Security
148
References
163
Index
193
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Bryan L. McDonald is Assistant Professor of Science, Technology and Society at Pennsylvania State University.

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