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The Coming Famine

The Global Food Crisis and What We Can Do to Avoid It

Julian Cribb (author)

ISBN: 9780643100404

Publication Date: Aug 2010

Format: Paperback

Deals with the most pressing issue confronting humanity today: whether or not we can feed ourselves through the peak in human demands on the earth's resources.

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In The Coming Famine, Julian Cribb lays out a vivid picture of an impending planetary crisis – a global food shortage that threatens to hit by mid-century – 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 to the international community. He warns that the heightened risk of regional famines will have a planet-wide 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.
Pages 264
Dimensions 245 x 170
Date Published 30 Aug 2010
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Subject/s Medicine & Health   Science: general issues   Agriculture & related industries   Agriculture & farming   Agronomy & crop production   Food & beverage technology   Organic farming   Environmental management  

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