The Coming Famine: The Global Food Crisis and what We Can Do to Avoid it

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University of California Press, 2010 - Science - 248 pages
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"In The Coming Famine, Julian Cribb lays out a vivid picture of impending planetary crisis--a global food shortage that threatens to hit by midcentury--which he argues would dwarf any in our previous experience. Cribb's comprehensive assessment points to a dangerous confluence of shortages--of water, land, energy, technology, and knowledge--combined with an 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 that high food prices and regional shortages are already sending out shockwaves in the international community. He warns that the heightened risk of regional famines will have a planetwide effect on food prices, trade, and conflict and will generate new waves of refugees. But, far from outlining a doomsday scenario, The Coming Famine is a strong and positive call to action, exploring the greatest issue of our age and providing practical suggestions for addressing and averting each of the major challenges it raises"--Cover, p. [ii].
 

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Contents

1 What Food Crisis?
1
2 Food or War?
14
3 The Well Runs Dry
30
4 Peak Land
48
5 NutrientsThe New Oil
69
6 Troubled Waters
86
7 Losing Our Brains
100
8 Eating Oil
119
9 The Climate Hammer
135
10 Elephants in the Kitchen
154
11 A Fair Deal for Farmers
168
12 Food in the Future
187
List of Conversions
205
Notes
207
Index
235
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Julian Cribb is an award-winning journalist and science writer and the author of The White Death.

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