The End of Plenty takes a thoroughly researched and exceptionally thoughtful and balanced look at the consequences of industrial farming. Joel Bourne s courageous conclusion: to feed the world s burgeoning population, agriculture must change and population increase must stop. His book should convince every reader of the compelling need to address world food problems through more skillful and sustainable agronomy, but also through education, especially of women, and universal family planning. --Marion Nestle, Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, New York University, and author of Food Politics"Vom Verlag:
When Robert Malthus (1766 1834) famously outlined the brutal relationship between food and population, he never imagined the success of modern scientific agriculture. New seeds, chemicals, and irrigation drove the greatest population boom in history but left ecological devastation in their wake. Now, with tightening global grain supplies spurring riots and revolutions, Joel K. Bourne Jr. takes readers from his family farm to international agricultural hotspots searching for a new land ethic that can sustainably feed us all. He visits young corporate farmers trying to restore Ukraine as Europe s breadbasket, a Canadian aquaculturist channeling ancient Chinese traditions, the agronomist behind the world s largest organic sugar cane plantation, and many other extraordinary farmers, 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 about our planet and its people."
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