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The End Of Plenty: The Race To Feed A Crowded World

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AuthorJoel K. Bourne
ISBN9789385288838
Published LanguageEnglish
Publication Year2015
PublisherSpeaking Tiger
BindingPaperback
Pages416
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When Malthus famously outlined the brutal relationship between food and population, he never imagined the success of modern agriculture. New seeds, chemicals and irrigation, coupled with free trade, drove the greatest global population boom in history—but left ecological devastation and an unsustainable agro-economic status quo in their wake. Now, with a greater number of mouths to feed than ever before, tightening global food supplies have spurred riots and reform around the world.
Joel K. Bourne Jr takes readers from his family farm to international agricultural hotspots, searching for new solutions that can sustainably feed us all. He visits young corporate farmers trying to restore Ukraine as Europe’s breadbasket, a Canadian aquaculturist channelling ancient Chinese traditions, the agronomist behind the world’s largest organic sugar-cane plantation, and many other people and groups, large and small, who are racing to stave off a Malthusian catastrophe. Part history, part reportage, part advocacy, The End of Plenty is a wake-up call for anyone concerned with what the coming decades will hold for our planet and its inhabitants if we don’t take action.

About the author
Joel K. Bourne Jr is currently a Contributing Writer at National Geographic, where he has worked since 2000, first as a Senior Writer and then as Senior Editor for the Environment. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Agronomy from North Carolina State University, and a Master’s in Journalism from Columbia University.

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