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Paul Roberts, the best-selling author of The End of Oil, turns his attention to the modern food economy and finds that the system entrusted to meet our most basic need is failing.

In this carefully researched, vivid narrative, Roberts lays out the stark economic realities behind modern food and shows how our system of making, marketing, and moving what we eat is growing less and less compatible with the billions of consumers that system was built to serve.

At the heart of The End of Food is a grim paradox: the rise of large-scale food production, though it generates more food more cheaply than at any time in history, has reached a point of dangerously diminishing returns. Our high-volume factory systems are creating new risks for food-borne illness, from E. coli to avian flu. Our high-yield crops and livestock generate grain, vegetables, and meat of declining nutritional quality. While nearly one billion people worldwide are overweight or obese, the same number of people—one in every seven of us—can’t get enough to eat. In some of the hardest-hit regions, such as sub-Saharan Africa, the lack of a single nutrient, vitamin A, has left more than five million children permanently blind.

Meanwhile, the shift to heavily mechanized, chemically intensive farming has so compromised soil and water that it’s unclear how long such output can be maintained. And just as we’ve begun to understand the limits of our abundance, the burgeoning economies of Asia, with their rising middle classes, are adopting Western-style, meat-heavy diets, putting new demands on global food supplies.

Comprehensive in scope and full of fresh insights, The End of Food presents a lucid, stark vision of the future. It is a call for us to make crucial decisions to help us survive the demise of food production as we know it.

Paul Roberts is the author of The End of Oil, which was a finalist for the New York Public Library's Helen Bernstein Book Award in 2005. He has written about resource economics and politics for numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Harper’s Magazine, and Rolling Stone, and lectures frequently on business and environmental issues.

Synopsis:

The best-selling author of The End of Oil takes a close-up look at the modern food system to reveal how we maket, market, and consume food and how this has led to inequities in the global market, analyzing the dangerous impact of chemicals and destructive farming techniques, food contamination, and disease, as well as what needs to be done to address the situation before it is too late.

Synopsis:

Salmonella-tainted tomatoes, riots, and skyrocketing prices are only the latest in a series of food-related crises that have illuminated the failures of the modern food system. In The End of Food, Paul Roberts investigates this system and presents a startling truth—how we make, market, and transport our food is no longer compatible with the billions of consumers the system was built to serve.

The emergence of large-scale and efficient food production forever changed our relationship with food and ultimately left a vulnerable and paradoxical system in place. High-volume factory systems create new risks for food-borne illness; high-yield crops generate grain, produce, and meat of declining nutritional quality; and while nearly a billion people are overweight, roughly as many people are starving.

In this vivid narrative, Roberts presents clear, stark visions of the future and helps us prepare to make the necessary decisions to survive the demise of food production as we know it.

About the Author

Paul Roberts is the author of The End of Oil, a finalist for the New York Public Library's Helen Bernstein Book Award in 2005. He has written about resource economics and politics for numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and Rolling Stone, and lectures frequently on business and environmental issues. He lives in Washington State.

Table of Contents

Starving for progress (history) — Its so easy now — Buy one, get one free — Tipping the scales — Eating for strength — The end of hunger — We are what we eat — How long can this go on? — Magic pill/hair of the dog — Food fight — Nouvelle cuisine.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547524849
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Subject:
Industries - Agribusiness
Author:
Paul, Robert S.
Author:
Roberts, Paul
Subject:
Commercial Policy
Subject:
General
Subject:
Food Science
Subject:
Nutrition
Subject:
Food industry and trade - Social aspects
Subject:
Audio Books-Business
Subject:
Audio Books-Nonfiction
Subject:
Audio Books-World Affairs
Subject:
Business - General
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Gastronomic Literature
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Food and Famine
Subject:
Sale Books-Home, Health, and Cooking
Subject:
Sale Books-Nonfiction
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Sustainable Living-Food
Subject:
Food supply
Subject:
Current Affairs-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Subject:
Business & Economics : Commercial Policy
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20090506
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.88 lb

Related Subjects

Business » General
Business » Management
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Medical Specialties
History and Social Science » Sociology » Agriculture and Food
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
Reference » Science Reference » Technology
Science and Mathematics » Agriculture » General

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"Synopsis" by , The best-selling author of The End of Oil takes a close-up look at the modern food system to reveal how we maket, market, and consume food and how this has led to inequities in the global market, analyzing the dangerous impact of chemicals and destructive farming techniques, food contamination, and disease, as well as what needs to be done to address the situation before it is too late.
"Synopsis" by ,
Salmonella-tainted tomatoes, riots, and skyrocketing prices are only the latest in a series of food-related crises that have illuminated the failures of the modern food system. In The End of Food, Paul Roberts investigates this system and presents a startling truth—how we make, market, and transport our food is no longer compatible with the billions of consumers the system was built to serve.

The emergence of large-scale and efficient food production forever changed our relationship with food and ultimately left a vulnerable and paradoxical system in place. High-volume factory systems create new risks for food-borne illness; high-yield crops generate grain, produce, and meat of declining nutritional quality; and while nearly a billion people are overweight, roughly as many people are starving.

In this vivid narrative, Roberts presents clear, stark visions of the future and helps us prepare to make the necessary decisions to survive the demise of food production as we know it.

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