The End of Plenty: The Race to Feed a Crowded World

The End of Plenty: The Race to Feed a Crowded World

by Joel K. Bourne Jr

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The End of Plenty: The Race to Feed a Crowded World by Joel K. Bourne Jr

“An urgent and at times terrifying dispatch from a distinguished reporter who has given heart and soul to his subject.”—Hampton SidesIn The End of Plenty, award-winning environmental journalist Joel K. Bourne Jr. puts our fight against devastating world hunger in dramatic perspective. He travels the globe to introduce a new generation of farmers and scientists on the front lines of the next green revolution. He visits corporate farmers trying to restore Ukraine as Europe's breadbasket, a Canadian aquaculturist, the agronomist behind the world's largest organic sugarcane plantation, and many other extraordinary farmers, large and small, who are racing to stave off catastrophe as climate change disrupts food production worldwide.A Financial Times Best Book of the Year and a Finalist for the PEN / E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393079531
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 06/15/2015
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 959,084
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Joel K. Bourne Jr. has a BS in agronomy from North Carolina State University and an MS in journalism from Columbia University. A contributing writer for National Geographic, he has written for Audubon, Science, and Outside, among others. He lives in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Part I

Introduction The Erstwhile Agronomist 3

1 The Curse 23

2 Famine's Lethal Lessons 39

3 The Green Revolution: Food, Sex, and War 55

4 The Plight of the Punjab 77

5 China: Landraces and Lamborghinis 99

6 Food, Fuel, and Profit 121

7 The Gauntlet 145

Part II

8 The Blue Revolution 165

9 Back in the USSR 183

10 The Blooming Desert 203

11 Magic Seeds: Feeding Shareholders or the World? 223

12 Organic Agriculture: Feeding the Rich or Enriching the Poor? 247

13 The Malawi Miracle 273

14 The Grand Desiderata 299

Acknowledgments 319

Notes 321

Selected Bibliography 379

Illustration Credits 393

Index 395

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