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The end of plenty : the race to feed a crowded world / Joel K. Bourne Jr.

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  • ISBN: 9780393079531
  • ISBN: 0393079538
  • Physical Description: 408 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First ediiton.
  • Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2015]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages [321]-392) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Introduction : The erstwhile agronomist -- The curse -- Famine's lethal lessons -- The green revolution : food, sex, and war -- The plight of the Punjab -- China : landraces and Lamborghinis -- Food, fuel, and profit -- The gauntlet -- The blue revolution -- Back in the USSR -- The blooming desert -- Magic seeds : feeding shareholders or the world? -- Organic agriculture : feeding the rich or enriching the poor? -- The Malawi miracle -- The grand Desiderata.
Summary, etc.: In The End of Plenty, an award-winning environmental journalist introduces a new generation of farmers and scientists on the frontlines of the next green revolution. When the demographer Robert Malthus (1766-1834) famously outlined the brutal relationship between food and population, he never imagined the success of modern scientific agriculture. In the mid-twentieth century, an unprecedented agricultural advancement known as the Green Revolution brought hybrid seeds, chemical fertilizers, and improved irrigation that drove the greatest population boom in history but left ecological devastation in its wake. In The End of Plenty, award-winning environmental journalist Joel K. Bourne Jr. puts our race to feed the world in dramatic perspective. With a skyrocketing world population and tightening global grain supplies spurring riots and revolutions, humanity must produce as much food in the next four decades as it has since the beginning of civilization to avoid a Malthusian catastrophe. Yet climate change could render half our farmland useless by century's end. Writing with an agronomist's eye for practical solutions and a journalist's keen sense of character, detail, and the natural world, Bourne takes readers from his family farm to international agricultural hotspots to introduce the new generation of farmers and scientists engaged in the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced. He discovers young, corporate cowboys trying to revive Ukraine as Europe's breadbasket, a Canadian aquaculturist channeling ancient Chinese traditions, the visionary behind the world's largest organic sugar-cane plantation, and many other extraordinary individuals struggling to increase food supplies -- quickly and sustainably -- as droughts, floods, and heat waves hammer crops around the globe. Part history, part reportage and advocacy, The End of Plenty is a panoramic account of the future of food, and a clarion call for anyone concerned about our planet and its people. - Publisher.
Environmental journalist Joel Bourne looks at the state of the food supply and food security in a world of rapidly expanding population, describing the tremendous challenges confronting humanity in the near future and the scientists and farmers working to meet them in the face of a changing climate.
Subject: Food supply > Forecasting.
Food consumption forecasting.
Food security.
Sécurité alimentaire.
Changement climatique.

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