Projected world population in 2050: nine or ten billion ... According to award-winning environmental journalist Joel Bourne, modern agriculture may have made it possible for the world population to grow, but the subsequent ecological damage aligned with global warming and questionable agro-economics ensure that global food supply difficulties lie ahead.
Bringing together the history of food systems, current food security dilemmas and potential solutions, this meticulously researched book explores the challenges of feeding the world, now and in the future. [Larger font]
This book had a mixed response. A lot of statistics that perhaps would have been better displayed in a different format which would have broken up the long passages. Certainly overwhelming and very confrontational but a worthwhile read.
An important book in terms of the subject matter. It is good to understand the global picture and see possible solutions. We do feel it has encouraged us to make small lifestyle choices now we are more aware of the impact we are having on the environment.
Most members read it, but some only skimmed, finding it daunting due to dense facts and figures. Good discussion ensued, and all expressed interest in the importance of the main themes, and the critical need to both recognize and try to find scientific solutions to allay them before it is too late. An important book, and wouldn't have picked it from the library! Thank you for bringing it to our attention!
We felt the book would be a good basis for a university course - one chapter per lecture as so much information presented. We agreed that the solutions chapter was light, but overall worthwhile.
Very good book. The author manages to convey a huge amount of detailed info and statistics without bogging down the overall message. Using the readings of Robert Matthews as the underlying theme of the book is a clever ploy which works well. Very thoughtful. A long and detailed discussion on the future of our world required much lubrication at our meeting!
Our group found the book well worth reading. It was relevant and profound, showing the far-reaching consequences of the way we live now, and suggesting ways the adverse consequences might be avoided.
All six women were pleased to have read this well-written and illuminating book. The notes and questions were useful and provoked wide ranging discussion. Very thought-provoking book.
Slightly dated, but overall the historical sections were very informative and the climate controversy relevant to the recent release of the latest climate study.
Great discussion. The book presented many issues written in an easy style, but was very verbose with lots of statistics which could be overwhelming. Our world will change and there is much being done but not nearly enough. We did learn a lot and discussed what each one of us could do in our own small way. 5 stars for discussion.
We spent more time discussing this book than any other we've read. We agreed that it was a pretty dense book and not a page-turner. In general we thought that "it was good for us" to have read it, but our reactions varied from a "must read" to a "should read" to a "didn't need to read".
Sobering facts, which we should all be aware of...tempered by glimmers of hopeful solutions. An American perspective, but plenty to keep us thinking, and doing what we can towards solving the problems.