How to Feed the World

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Jessica Eise, Ken Foster
Island Press, Mar 15, 2018 - Business & Economics - 256 pages
By 2050, we will have ten billion mouths to feed in a world profoundly altered by environmental change. How can we meet this challenge? In How to Feed the World, a diverse group of experts from Purdue University break down this crucial question by tackling big issues one-by-one. Covering population, water, land, climate change, technology, food systems, trade, food waste and loss, health, social buy-in, communication, and, lastly, the ultimate challenge of achieving equal access to food, the book reveals a complex web of factors that must be addressed in order to reach global food security.

How to Feed the World unites contributors from different perspectives and academic disciplines, ranging from agronomy and hydrology to agricultural economy and communication. Hailing from Germany, the Philippines, the U.S., Ecuador, and beyond, the contributors weave their own life experiences into their chapters, connecting global issues to our tangible, day-to-day existence. Across every chapter, a similar theme emerges: these are not simple problems, yet we can overcome them. Doing so will require cooperation between farmers, scientists, policy makers, consumers, and many others.

The resulting collection is an accessible but wide-ranging look at the modern food system. Readers will not only get a solid grounding in key issues, but be challenged to investigate further and contribute to the paramount effort to feed the world.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Inhabitants of Earth
5
2 The Green Blue and Gray Water Rainbow
24
3 The Land That Shapes and Sustains Us
46
4 Our Changing Climate
59
5 The Technology Ticket
77
6 Systems
94
7 Tangled Trade
115
11 The Information Hinge
176
12 Achieving Equal Access
189
Conclusion
207
Afterword
217
Acknowledgments
219
Notes
221
Contributors
235
Index
241

8 Spoiled Rotten and Left Behind
132
9 Tipping the Scales on Health
148
10 Social License to Operate
165
IP Board of Directors
250
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Jessica Eise is an author and communications researcher at Purdue University's Brian Lamb School of Communication. She is the coauthor of The Communication Scarcity in Agriculture (Routledge, 2017) and other works. Dr. Ken Foster is the former head of the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University and an award-winning professor of agricultural economics. Foster's research and outreach activities have included testimony to Senate committees and state legislative study committees on the competitiveness of livestock markets and the use of contract production.