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Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity 1st Edition
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This is an extremely important piece of work for all those that live in today's globalised world and it is a stark reminder that many people who are living comfortable lives may no longer be living those comfortable lives if nothing is done to alleviate or eliminate the current and future issues that surround the global food system. Brown presents all this in a logical and structured manner, which is very easy to read and it keeps you turning the page.
Food is important to all of us and I believe that anyone with the slightest bit of concern about the world as a whole needs to read this book.
Many of the problems outlined in the book are solid problems that are occurring in the world at this very moment: over grazing leading to diminished carrying capacity of the land, over use of water from aquifers, people moving up the food chain and demanding more meat, abject poverty, unsustainable population growth as well as a dwindling food supply. My biggest problem with the discussions is that they were taken to the extreme, and while I believe the problems exist, I doubt the solutions provided are workable.
The solutions proposed by the author are admirable, but I doubt they have a chance of working. We are in an extremely toxic political climate in this country, where politicians cannot even agree on what color the sky is. Add to that the educational requirements and family planning that the author advocates and I think you have a political train wreck...at least in this country. And the author states we need to do this at a speed rivaling the buildup of war material preceding WW II. I sincerely doubt there is a chance in Hades of this occurring unless some very strong leadership presents itself in Washington very quickly (which does not seem at all likely).
The writing is well done, with the issues and solutions presented in a way that a non-scientist can understand. I agree we are in trouble....I just think the solutions proposed are unworkable at the current time and, will accomplish little.
By Mark J. Palmer
International Marine Mammal Project
Earth Island Institute
Lester Brown of the Earth Policy Institute paints a scary future of the coming food crunch in his new book, "Full Planet, Empty Plates."
The coming perfect storm (to coin a phrase) of a growing human population coupled with hitting limits of available fresh water, limited arable land (which in too many places is eroding away), and global warming will mean less food grains that we all depend on, although, as usual, it is the poorest people with fewer options who will suffer the most.
Within my lifetime, human population has gone from 2.5 billion people in 1950 to 7 billion today. While changing lifestyles, birth control, government polices and an aging population are slowing population growth in the US, China and Europe, growth continues in sub-Sahara Africa and the Indian subcontinent, already areas where food availability causes severe hunger. Projections suggest 9.3 billion people will be on Earth in 2050.
Yet, the world supply of grain - corn, wheat, and rice - is severely limited today. Already, nations like China and Saudi Arabia are taking steps to lease or buy large tracts of land in third-world countries, chiefly Africa, to feed their own people, displacing small farmers.
Fresh water for irrigation, in Brown's view, is a key limited resource that we seldom think about. 40% of the world's grain crops need irrigation, but all over the world (including in the US) farmers are desperately depleting underground water supplies that in many cases cannot be replaced.Read more ›
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A thought provoking text about the greatest problem facing planet earth - human overpopulationPublished 9 months ago by D G Van Curen
Though there is some clear bias to the book, it is still informative and was well-used in my Environmental Studies class.Published 13 months ago by J. C.
Has every politician and political advisor read this book? If not, why not? I would say it is the single most important, fundamentally important, book in print today. Read morePublished 15 months ago by janet capron
for those of us interested in the global food supply chain, a MUST readPublished 15 months ago by nancy mouat-rich
Good reality of our world today and very thought provoking. Great book that call into action for our Global Food Supply.Published 16 months ago by Paul Vilches