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The End of Plenty

The Race to Feed a Crowded World

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Published by W. W. Norton & Co. in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

In The End of Plenty, an award-winning environmental journalist introduces a new generation of farmers and scientists on the frontlines of the next green revolution. 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. Part history, part reportage and advocacy, The End of Plenty is a panoramic account of the future of food, and a clarion call for anyone concerned about our planet and its people. - Publisher.

Table of 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

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408 p.
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