The Resource The end of plenty : the race to feed a crowded world, Joel K. Bourne Jr

The end of plenty : the race to feed a crowded world, Joel K. Bourne Jr

Label
The end of plenty : the race to feed a crowded world
Title
The end of plenty
Title remainder
the race to feed a crowded world
Statement of responsibility
Joel K. Bourne Jr
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Environmental journalist Joel Bourne looks at the state of the food supply and food security in a world of rapidly expanding population, describing the tremendous challenges confronting humanity in the near future and the scientists and farmers working to meet them in the face of a changing climate. When the demographer Robert Malthus (1766-1834) famously outlined the brutal relationship between food and population, he never imagined the success of modern scientific agriculture. In the mid-twentieth century, an unprecedented agricultural advancement known as the Green Revolution brought hybrid seeds, chemical fertilizers, and improved irrigation that drove the greatest population boom in history but left ecological devastation in its wake. In The End of Plenty, award-winning environmental journalist Joel K. Bourne Jr. puts our race to feed the world in dramatic perspective. With a skyrocketing world population and tightening global grain supplies spurring riots and revolutions, humanity must produce as much food in the next four decades as it has since the beginning of civilization to avoid a Malthusian catastrophe. Yet climate change could render half our farmland useless by century's end. Writing with an agronomist's eye for practical solutions and a journalist's keen sense of character, detail, and the natural world, Bourne takes readers from his family farm to international agricultural hotspots to introduce the new generation of farmers and scientists engaged in the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced. He discovers young, corporate cowboys trying to revive Ukraine as Europe's breadbasket, a Canadian aquaculturist channeling ancient Chinese traditions, the visionary behind the world's largest organic sugar-cane plantation, and many other extraordinary individuals struggling to increase food supplies -- quickly and sustainably -- as droughts, floods, and heat waves hammer crops around the globe
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bourne, Joel K.
Dewey number
363.8
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HD9000.5
LC item number
.B58 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Food supply
  • Food consumption forecasting
  • Food security
Label
The end of plenty : the race to feed a crowded world, Joel K. Bourne Jr
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 379-392) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : The erstwhile agronomist -- The curse -- Famine's lethal lessons -- The green revolution : food, sex, and war -- The plight of the Punjab -- China : landraces and Lamborghinis -- Food, fuel, and profit -- The gauntlet -- The blue revolution -- Back in the USSR -- The blooming desert -- Magic seeds : feeding shareholders or the world? -- Organic agriculture : feeding the rich or enriching the poor? -- The Malawi miracle -- The grand Desiderata
Control code
ocn891611029
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
408 pages
Isbn
9780393079531
Lccn
2015001552
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)891611029
Label
The end of plenty : the race to feed a crowded world, Joel K. Bourne Jr
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 379-392) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : The erstwhile agronomist -- The curse -- Famine's lethal lessons -- The green revolution : food, sex, and war -- The plight of the Punjab -- China : landraces and Lamborghinis -- Food, fuel, and profit -- The gauntlet -- The blue revolution -- Back in the USSR -- The blooming desert -- Magic seeds : feeding shareholders or the world? -- Organic agriculture : feeding the rich or enriching the poor? -- The Malawi miracle -- The grand Desiderata
Control code
ocn891611029
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
408 pages
Isbn
9780393079531
Lccn
2015001552
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)891611029

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