- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press (May 9, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250084202
- ISBN-13: 978-1250084200
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #884,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hot, Hungry Planet: The Fight to Stop a Global Food Crisis in the Face of Climate Change
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"This lively, concise book is packed with practical and often surprising ideas for meeting the profound challenges of global food scarcity. Lisa Palmer is a clear-eyed realist, but her fascinating tour of our Hot Hungry Planet will leave you more optimistic than you may have thought possible."―Dan Fagin, Pulitzer-prize-winning author of Toms River:A Story of Science and Salvation
“A penetrating and sensitive analysis of the urgent need for a sustainable global food system despite widespread socioeconomic inequality, swelling population, and ominous climate change.”― Richard C. J. Somerville, Ph.D., climate scientist
“The global food crisis is a critical issue. Producing more food is key but insufficient by itself. Palmer speaks in no uncertain terms about the peril we find ourselves in. But she also manages to find the bright spots―areas of hope that those of us in the environmental, business, and policy communities can address to cope with and even reverse some of the most alarming trends.”―Jason Clay, Senior Vice President, Food & Markets, World Wildlife Fund
"The time to talk about diet for the health of people without addressing the health of the planet is past. With inspiring examples of sustainable agriculture, thoughtful attention to matters as disparate as biodiversity and family planning, and precautionary tales from around the globe, Hot, Hungry Planet gives us a clear-eyed view of the perils we face, and the promise of overcoming them by truly understanding them."―David Katz, M.D. President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and author of Disease-Proof, The Way to Eat, and The Flavor Point Diet
"A deep dive into the realities of some of the Sustainable Development Goals. Through moving personal stories Palmer shows how increased food security and addressing climate change are mutually reinforcing. We can and we must do both at the same time."―Christiana Figueres, diplomat and executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), 2010-2016
“Hot, Hungry Planet is a sober analysis of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in feeding a changing and growing world. Palmer takes her readers on a journey from Vermont through Colombia, India, and the shores of Lake Victoria, examining innovations for sustainable and climate-resilient agriculture all along the way. Her work trumpets the benefits of smaller, more varied systems of food production that increase yields without the ecological harms of monoculture. Above all else, Palmer pens a passionate plea for the inclusion of women in all levels of food production through education and smart investments that forge a path toward a planet that can feed itself in a hotter, more crowded future.”―Shenggen Fan, director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute
"The reporting delivers welcome hope that humans may avoid famine in the face of climate change."―Library Journal
"Palmer illuminates the cruel choices food crises force upon women, ... explains the dire consequences of a growing global middle class, ... [and] sees hope in new and diverse economic opportunities based on restoring and nurturing the environment."―Booklist
About the Author
LISA PALMER is a journalist and research fellow who has documented the science, environment, and social challenges of a changing global environment for over 17 years. Palmer is presently a resident senior fellow at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center in Annapolis, Maryland. Previously, she was a public policy scholar at The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and is one of the few journalists globally to achieve this prestigious distinction. She lives in Maryland.
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“In [this book], you will meet the skilled guides to a sustainable future. As their experiences and stories make clear, leveraging the changes in science and technology must be accompanied by improvements in education and women’s rights, data and insights, policy shifts, and wise choices to meet the food needs of our planet.”
The above comes from this interesting book by Lisa Palmer. She is a journalist and senior research fellow at the National socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (in Maryland). Palmer has documented the scientific, environmental, and social challenges of a changing global environment for almost twenty years.
This book is based on two facts: the world is on the cusp of a global food crisis and that climate change is real.
It address what needs to happen to reconcile two extreme global threats: climate change and global hunger. The author makes it clear that these two extremes are definitely not mutually exclusive.
This book focuses on key concepts that support food security and resilience in a world where climate change predominates.
This, as you can imagine, is a complex topic. Palmer effectively reduces this complexity by using case studies. That is, by using true stories of people in key regions around the world: India, sub-Saharan Africa, the United Stated, Latin America, the Middle East, and Indonesia.
Throughout you will learn about such things as soil types, “Sylvian” pastures, biodiversity, the environment and environmental sustainability, deforestation, droughts, population growth, health (not just of people but also of the planet), “climate-smart” agriculture, aquaculture, and “hot” fish.
Finally, in roughly this book’s center are over fifteen black & white glossy pictures. My favourite has the following caption:
“The author…speaking with [a farmer] at his farm in India. Water, energy, and food security are inextricably linked. Here, in [his] village…[the farmer] uses solar panels to pump water to irrigate his banana, rice, and wheat crops.”
In conclusion, this tome holds hope in stopping a global food crisis in the face of a changing climate!!
(2017; acknowledgments; 3 sections or 10 chapters; main narrative 195 pages; notes; index)
<<Stephen PLETKO. London, Ontario, Canada>>