Feeding the World

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World at Risk investigates some of the major environmental challenges that we face today. These challenges arise from a rapidly growing world population, the pollution and waste generated by human activity, and our demands on Earth's limited resources. The series examines the nature and causes of these problems and looks at some of the ways in which we might respond.

Feeding the World investigates food production in a world where the population is increasing. It explores the ...

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Overview

World at Risk investigates some of the major environmental challenges that we face today. These challenges arise from a rapidly growing world population, the pollution and waste generated by human activity, and our demands on Earth's limited resources. The series examines the nature and causes of these problems and looks at some of the ways in which we might respond.

Feeding the World investigates food production in a world where the population is increasing. It explores the issue of rising obesity rates in the developed world and the problem of hunger in developing nations, where nearly a third of the world's population does not have enough to eat. It shows what we can all do to ensure a balanced and sustainable supply of food for future generations.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Concern about climate change and exploding world population has prompted many new informational books, of which this title in the "World at Risk" series is one example. Illustrated with color photos, maps, charts, and drawings, it offers serviceable text and many "Planet Watch" sidebars full of statistics. The first four chapters of Feeding the World stress the inequalities in consumption between more and less developed nations and describe the challenges of providing nutritious food to poverty-stricken areas. Crops can be destroyed by war, floods, loss of arable land, and careless farming; in richer nations. Food is constantly wasted by serving too much, throwing food away, and subsidizing crops that are later trashed. One chapter discusses present and future effects of climate change on food crops and water supplies. Will there be enough food to sustain expanding populations? The author suggests that both government political action and science will be needed to prevent starvation. Final chapters look at solutions like selective breeding of plants and animals, genetic engineering, and development of new foods like quorn (made from a fungus) and beef grown from a few cells. Each volume in the series has a "Facts and Figures" spread; in this one, students can see that while Africa is the continent with the most undernourished people, its food production will be hardest hit by global warming. Illustrations are adequate, but not eye-catching, though a glossary and a bibliography (websites included) may be helpful. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up–The chapters in these surveys provide a paragraph each on a wide variety of subjects. For example, Water's “Clean Water and Wastewater” discusses such subtopics as freshwater, underground and flood water, and problems caused to residents of developing countries by a lack of access to sanitation. This book is the best example of the strengths of the series: logical organization for research and well-constructed diagrams. Although some outside sources, including the World Health Organization, are cited in sidebars, many of the facts in the main text are undocumented and can be difficult to verify. Waste Disposal, for example, states that Australia recycles 70% of its total waste, but a 2008 Australian government study suggests overall recycling rates are closer to 46%. Although the series has promise, the lack of sources and the inability to verify information sets a poor example for researchers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599203775
  • Publisher: Black Rabbit Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Series: World at Risk Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 44
  • Age range: 12 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Asking for More and More 8

Chapter 2 Causes Behind a Crisis 12

Chapter 3 How Things Go Wrong 16

Chapter 4 Waste Not, Want Not 20

Chapter 5 A Changing Climate 24

Chapter 6 Science to the Rescue? 30

Chapter 7 Working for a Fairer World 36

Facts and Figures 40

Glossary and Further Reading 42

Index and Web Finder 44

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