Feeding Frenzy: The New Politics of Food

Feeding Frenzy: The New Politics of Food


By (author) Paul McMahon

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  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 216mm x 23mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 14 March 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1781250340
  • ISBN 13: 9781781250341
  • Illustrations note: Illustrated throughout
  • Sales rank: 404,959

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Feeding Frenzy traces the history of the global food system and reveals the underlying causes of recent turmoil in food markets. Supplies are running short, prices keep spiking and the media is full of talk of a 'world food crisis'. Food-producing countries are banning exports even if this means starving their neighbours. Governments and corporations are scrambling to secure control over food supply chains. Powerful groups from the Middle East and Asia are grabbing farmland in poor countries to grow food for export. This raises some big questions. Can we feed a population that will grow to nine billion by 2050? Are we running out of land and water? Can we rely on free markets to provide? This book reveals trends that could lead to more hunger and conflict. But Paul McMahon also outlines actions that can be taken to shape a sustainable and just food system.

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Author information

Paul McMahon has authored reports on sustainable food systems as an advisor to The Prince of Wales's International Sustainability Unit and to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation. He co-founded and now helps run SLM Partners, a business that invests in sustainable agriculture in Australia and across the world. Born in Ireland, he holds a PhD from Cambridge University.

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Passionately argued ... presents a compelling argument for radical agricultural reforms ... Above all, he is optimistic about the future, putting faith in our ability to overcome obstacles Sunday Times An illuminating history FT Revealing ... offers refreshingly ordinary answers Observer