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This potentially interesting investigation into the challenges of global food production and distribution is marred by the burial of its argument at the end of the book. Beneath a history of food (old news to any reader of Michael Pollan), factoid avalanches and future-tense fretting, Roberts (The End of Oil) makes a familiar plea for rethinking food systems. When the author illustrates his points with actual players, the narrative becomes affecting and memorable: a French meat packer shows how retail powerhouses dictate prices; a Kenyan farmer demonstrates how hunger-ending technologies are often poorly suited to the climates, soils and infrastructures in malnourished regions. Unfortunately, these anecdotes are overshadowed by colorless recitations of Internet research and data culled from interviews. Roberts worries about our vast and overworked [food] system and proffers the usual solutions: eat less (land-based) meat, farm more fish, support regional (not just local) agriculture and pressure food policy makers to fund research into more sustainable farming methods (including genetic modification). Despite the undeniable urgency of the issue, Roberts's arguments are as commonplace as his prescriptions. (June 4)
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PRAISE FOR 'THE END OF OIL' 'A tour de force...an oustandingly clear, lucid, and readable book about a highly complex issue that is central to our times' Michael Meacher, The Guardian 'A necessary and brilliantly accessible work' Observer 'A combination of reportage, interviews and analysis, this investigation of energy consumption is a highly readable introduction to a frightening future' Irish Times --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Editorial Reviews
Excellent work. Very informative and nicely written. Easy to read, fun to pursue and very enlightening. Read morePublished 13 days ago by John A. Leraas
I have purchased more than 2 dozen copies of this title and given them to friends, politicians and food industry people. Read morePublished on April 11, 2013 by William
Packaged food as value-add - it explains so much. As a complement to books like Fast Food Nation and Omnivore's Dilemma, The End of Food delivers a profound and disturbing look at... Read morePublished on August 25, 2012 by bmbower
The author writes clearly about a potential major global problem.The book is not the last word on the subject of world food supplies but provides a comprehensive base for further... Read morePublished on January 30, 2012 by Richard M. Charlton
Alright, I got to say the good points, this guy has the inside scoop. He mentions quotes by Kenyan farmers about their dying business, and attends the big talks. Read morePublished on December 5, 2011 by Mira
This book reveals the dark underbelly of the global food industry. The industry has been hugely successful at producing more food at cheaper prices by turning a blind eye to... Read morePublished on May 21, 2011 by I. Donald