Outgrowing the Earth: The Food Security Challenge in an Age of Falling Water Tables and Rising Temperatures

Outgrowing the Earth: The Food Security Challenge in an Age of Falling Water Tables and Rising Temperatures

by Lester R. Brown
     
 

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"Historically food security was the responsibility of ministries of agriculture, but today that has changed. Recent research reporting that a 1-degree Celsius rise in temperature can reduce grain yields by 10 percent means that energy policy is now directly affecting crop production. Decisions made in ministries of energy may have a greater effect on future food… See more details below

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"Historically food security was the responsibility of ministries of agriculture, but today that has changed. Recent research reporting that a 1-degree Celsius rise in temperature can reduce grain yields by 10 percent means that energy policy is now directly affecting crop production. Decisions made in ministries of energy may have a greater effect on future food security than those made in ministries of agriculture." "The bottom line is that future food security depends not only on efforts within agriculture but also on energy policies that stabilize climate, a worldwide effort to raise water productivity, the evolution of land-efficient transport systems, and population policies that seek a humane balance between population and food." Outgrowing the Earth advances our thinking on food security issues that the world will be wrestling with for years to come.

Editorial Reviews

Sustain
“Lester Brown advances our thinking on the food-security issues that the world will be wrestling with for years to come.”
E. O. Wilson
“[I]t will be an instant classic.”
Paul Ganderton
“The book should be bought just to demonstrate how good arguments are put together.”
Time Magazines Higher Education Supplement
“The book proposes that the challenge of feeding the world is at least as much about energy, water, climate and population. This view is no more than we should expect from Lester Brown, whose forte, eloquently expressed in the course of writing dozens of books over the past four decades, is to emphasize the links that connect all our development sectors, sometimes obviously, sometimes covertly, often crucially.”
Times Higher Education Supplement
“The book proposes that the challenge of feeding the world is at least as much about energy, water, climate and population. This view is no more than we should expect from Lester Brown, whose forte, eloquently expressed in the course of writing dozens of books over the past four decades, is to emphasize the links that connect all our development sectors, sometimes obviously, sometimes covertly, often crucially.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393060706
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
11/19/2004
Pages:
239
Product dimensions:
5.58(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.87(d)

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