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Outgrowing the Earth: The Food Security Challenge in an Age of Falling Water Tables and Rising Temperatures Paperback – January 17, 2005
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[I]t will be an instant classic. --E. O. Wilson
Lester Brown advances our thinking on the food-security issues that the world will be wrestling with for years to come. "
[I]t will be an instant classic. --E. O. Wilson"
The book should be bought just to demonstrate how good arguments are put together. --Paul Ganderton"
The book proposes that the challenge of feeding the world is at least as much about energy, water, climate and population. This view is no more than we should expect from Lester Brown, whose forte, eloquently expressed in the course of writing dozens of books over the past four decades, is to emphasize the links that connect all our development sectors, sometimes obviously, sometimes covertly, often crucially. "
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While one is left with little doubt about the severity of the demands on the earth's capacity, something is lacking by way of helping to make a strong public argument, one that will raise actual social awareness. But that is not so much a flaw of the book as a challenge of a topic that for its importance seems to be placed on the periphery of public concern.
On a personal planning note, I am particularly intrigued by the validity of the argument offered by food security regarding urban density. Urban density has been typically misconstrued as an ideological necessity, either romanticizing the idea of the city to support it, or defending individual liberty against central planning to defend sprawl. Here not only the environmental argument is strengthen, but a solid line of thinking emerges since sprawl is an essential cause of the decrease of croplands in particular by the paving for roads, highways, parking lots and its related lifestyle. Density would be a remedy to that, although that would be far from solving on its own the huge sustainability challenges that urbanization faces.
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everyone should read this man. excellent, recommended readingPublished on July 22, 2014 by Anne E. Mcwilliams
Outgrowing the Earth: The food security challenge in an age of falling water tables and rising temperatures by Lester R. Brown, W.W. Norton, New York, 2004, 256 ff. Read morePublished on June 29, 2012 by Dr. H. A. Jones
Excellent work as all of this author's are. This book should be required reading for all government ministers of all stated globally. Read morePublished on August 11, 2007 by Nicholas B. Robson
I'm not a scienttist. I recently became interested, however, in the issue of the sustanability of the human race. Read morePublished on July 1, 2006 by calmly