The Coming Famine: The Global Food Crisis and What We Can Do to Avoid it

The Coming Famine: The Global Food Crisis and What We Can Do to Avoid it


By (author) Julian Cribb

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  • Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 264 pages
  • Dimensions: 168mm x 244mm x 16mm | 540g
  • Publication date: 2 August 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Melbourne
  • ISBN 10: 0643100407
  • ISBN 13: 9780643100404
  • Illustrations note: Illus
  • Sales rank: 517,712

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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.

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