Children's Literature - Amie Rose RotruckEvery human on the planet has one thing in common: we all need food to survive. For many centuries, the Earth was capable of sustaining the needs of most of its inhabitants (famine and natural disasters aside). Now, however, we may be in danger of exhausting the Earth's resources permanently. John Baines examines the state of farming and other food production, as well as possible long-term repercussions if we do not change our methods of acquiring food. By looking at the past, present, and future methods of farming, Baines explores the concept of sustainable versus non-sustainable food sources. As fishing is a part of food acquisition that is traditionally not farmed, Baines also looks at ways to ensure that the ocean is not over-fished. Both sides of the issue are examined, as non-sustainable farming is typically cheaper and passing regulations about farming often leads to loss of jobs. This book leaves the reader wanting to do something to help; fortunately, Baines closes the book with suggestions such as saving leftovers, buying Fair Trade food, and eating a healthy (i.e., less processed food) diet. Numerous color photographs and a glossary help make this book an excellent resource on sustainable food. Part of the "Sustainable Futures" series.
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