Food for A Finite Planet

Book - 2013 | 1st ed.
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What happens on this planet over the next four decades has the potential to fundamentally alter life as we know it. The world population is expected to reach nine billion people by 2050--that's nine billion hungry humans in need of food. The challenge of feeding this rapidly growing population has already been made greater by climate change, which will wreak havoc on the way we produce our food. Disruptions to industrial-scale agriculture, along with rising sea levels, will create millions of environmental refugees, fleeing their homes in search of nourishment and safety. We have also lost touch with the soil--few of us grow our own food or even know where it comes from--and we are at the mercy of the multinationals that control the crops with little foresight about the damage their methods are inflicting on the planet. This puts our very future at risk.

In Consumed, award-winning writer Sarah Elton walks fields and farms on four continents, investigating not only the potential--and very real--threats to our food, but also telling the stories of those who are working hard to preserve our future. From Bogotá to Beijing, Delhi to Rome, Nairobi to Toronto, people from all walks of life are creating an alternative to the industrial food we have grown accustomed to piling into our shopping carts, and in the process giving us hope not for a daunting future but for a future in which we can all sit at the table.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781443406673
Branch Call Number: 630 ELTON
Characteristics: 348 p. : col. ill.


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Apr 19, 2019

Essential reading about the future of food, and the baneful impact of agribusiness on the direction in which it is moving. The combination of patenting of organisms and the growth of patent thickets, and the way that modern hybrid seeds somehow only benefit the seed and chemical companies, makes it clear that something is amiss with the way modern industrial farming has developed and threatens to take over the food supply entirely. Far from being an ideological reaction, this work is a well researched and objective view of the situation, that should ring alarm bells in all of us.

Sep 03, 2013

There is a lot of contradiction in this book. She seems to favour small scale farming but the examples she uses like the farmers that are nearly starving in China rice mountainside rice farms are not actually the way to go. She thinks that we cannot afford to use animal protein as they consume a lot of input to grow (which is true) but uses a long horn farmer in southern Ontario as an example of 'ecological farming' because he uses local plants on his farm to feed them but takes twice as long to mature to usable meat. I think she's a bit of a dreamer that probably has never had to actually work on a farm to earn a living. I have and peasant farming is not the solution to feed 9 Billion people in 2050.

Aug 15, 2013

A solid read for anyone interested in food, farms, and sustainable growing issues. A nice compliment to Elton's previous book, Locavore. I would have liked for some sections to have gone more in-depth, like the chapter on urban farming in Detroit, but overall, a thumbs up.

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