Synopses & Reviews
The frightening truth about the modern food system.
The bestselling author of The End of Oil turns his attention to food and finds that the system we've entrusted with meeting one of our most basic needs is dramatically failing us. With his trademark comprehensive global approach, Paul Roberts investigates the startling truth about the modern food system: the way we make food, market and consume it, and even think about it is no longer compatible or safe for the billions of consumers the system was built to serve. The emergence of large-scale and efficient food production changed forever our relationship with food and ultimately left a vulnerable and paradoxical system in place. Over 1.1 billion people worldwide are "over-nourished," according to the World Health Organization, and are at risk of obesity-related illness, while roughly as many people are starving. Meanwhile the natural systems all food is dependent upon have been irreparably damaged by chemicals and destructive farming techniques; the pressures of low-cost food production court contamination and disease; and big food consumers, such as China and India, are already planning for tightened global food supplies, making it clear that the era of superabundance is behind us.
Vivid descriptions, lucid explanations, and fresh thinking make The End of Food uniquely able to offer a new, accessible way to understand the vulnerable miracle of the modern food economy. Roberts presents clear, stark visions of the future and helps us prepare to make the decisions—personal and global—we must make to survive the demise of food production as we know it.
"Food shouldn't be handled like other market economies and if it continues to do so, the system will self-destruct. With detailed information and extensive anecdotal evidence, Roberts provides an intriguing account of food that works well in illustrating the evolution, the problems, and the subtleties of today's food industry. Unlike other food-writers, his assessment of the food industry is not entirely scathing but rather recognizes the inability of many within the industry to make significant changes. William Dufris is thorough in his delivery and excellent with his tone, timing, and emphasis during Roberts' more complicated prose (of which there is plenty). His quoting voice doesn't always match up with the speaker in terms of projection and personality. He maintains his rhythm and projection for most of the production with less than a handful of vocal shifts in the recording. A Houghton Mifflin hardcover (Reviews, Apr. 14)." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The frightening truth about the modern food system is revealed, as the bestselling author of The End of Oil turns his attention to food and finds that the system we've entrusted with meeting one of our most basic needs is dramatically failing us.
About the Author
Paul Roberts is the author of The End of Oil, which was a 2005 New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Book Award Finalist, and a regular contributor to Harper's.William Dufris has been nominated nine times as a finalist for the APA's prestigious Audie Award and has garnered twenty-one Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine, which also named him one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century. He has also acted on stage and television in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany.