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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The End of Food
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Even if his timeline is off,there's no arguing that the current system is not sustainable. He gives you lots to think about, even if he's a bit of a doomsayer like the author of The Long Emergency (he wrote his own oil book called, you guessed it, The End of Oil).
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- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 2009
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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