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Feeding Frenzy: Land Grabs, Price Spikes, and the World Food Crisis

Feeding Frenzy: Land Grabs, Price Spikes, and the World Food Crisis
 

Feeding Frenzy traces the history of the global food system and reveals the underlying causes of recent turmoil in food markets. Supplies are running short, prices keep spiking and the media is full of talk of a world food crisis. The turmoil has unleashed some dangerous forces. ... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781771640138
Barcode 9781771640138
Published 13 May 2014 by Greystone Books
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By McMahon, Paul
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ISBN-13 9781771640138
ISBN-10 1771640138
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Greystone Books
Imprint Greystone Books
Publication Date 13 May 2014
Publication Country Canada Canada
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By McMahon, Paul
Category Essays, Journals, Letters & Other Prose Works
Cultural Studies
Political Structure & Processes
General Cookery
Number of Pages 314
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 213mm
Spine: 20mm
Weight 431g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Food supply, Food supply - History, Food security
NBS Text Popular Culture & Media: General Interest
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 338
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Feeding Frenzy traces the history of the global food system and reveals the underlying causes of recent turmoil in food markets. Supplies are running short, prices keep spiking and the media is full of talk of a world food crisis. The turmoil has unleashed some dangerous forces. Food-producing countries are banning exports even if this means starving their neighbours. Governments and corporations are scrambling to secure control over food supply chains. Powerful groups from the Middle East and Asia are acquiring farmland in poor countries to grow food for export--what some call land grabs. This raises some big questions. Can we feed a population that will grow to nine billion by 2050? Are we running out of land and water? Can we rely on free markets to provide? This book reveals trends that could lead to more hunger and conflict. But Paul McMahon also outlines actions that can be taken to shape a sustainable and just food system.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review McMahon... has written an illuminating history that culminates in the current scramble to secure control of farmland... Yet McMahon's answer to what he calls the 'nine billion person question' tips towards the optimistic. --Financial Times Paul McMahon's [Feeding Frenzy] is a straight food apocalypse book, no jokes, one recipe: a four-ingredient plan to feed the planet. --Guardian Passionately argued... presents a compelling argument for radical agricultural reforms... Above all, [McMahon] is optimistic about the future, putting faith in our ability to overcome obstacles. --Sunday Times Revealing... offers refreshingly ordinary answers. --Observer

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Author's Bio

Born in Ireland, Paul McMahon holds a Ph.D from Cambridge University and has authored reports on sustainable food systems as an advisor to The Prince of Whales's International Sustainability Unit and to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization. He cofounded and now helps run SLM Partners, a business that invests in sustainable agriculture in Australia and across the world. He lives in London.

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