Coming Famine

Paperback - August 2010 - AU $17.95 On sale until 30-Sep usually AU $29.95

A strong and positive call to action to address an impending planetary food crisis.

In The Coming Famine, Julian Cribb lays out a vivid picture of an impending planetary crisis – a global food shortage that threatens to hit by mid-century – which, he argues, would dwarf any in our previous experience. Cribb’s comprehensive assessment points to a dangerous confluence of shortages – of water, land, energy, technology, and knowledge – combined with an increased demand created by population and economic growth. + Full description

Writing in brisk, accessible prose, Cribb explains how the food system interacts with the environment and with armed conflict, poverty, and other societal factors. He shows that high food prices and regional shortages are already sending out shockwaves to the international community. He warns that the heightened risk of regional famines will have a planet-wide effect on food prices, trade, and conflict and will generate new waves of refugees. But, far from outlining a doomsday scenario, The Coming Famine is a strong and positive call to action, exploring the greatest issue of our age and providing practical suggestions for addressing and averting each of the major challenges it raises.

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In The Coming Famine, Julian Cribb lays out a vivid picture of an impending planetary crisis – a global food shortage that threatens to hit by mid-century – which, he argues, would dwarf any in our previous experience. Cribb’s comprehensive assessment points to a dangerous confluence of shortages – of water, land, energy, technology, and knowledge – combined with an increased demand created by population and economic growth.

Reviews

"Recommended for anyone who will be alive in 2050 or cares about someone who will!"
Kate Heness, Cosmos, November 2010

"This book is a smooth and engaging read, equally of interest to the food manufacturing industry, agriculture, politicians and the concerned citizen."
Nicole Eckersley, Australian Food News, 14 Sept 2010

"The Coming Famine is an erudite and learned analysis of humanity's greatest challenge. At this very minute we are jeopardizing the rights to food for a billion people, and the effects will be felt by us all through migration, dietary changes and increased health risks, whether we believe it or not. This is a book all thinking people should read."
Professor Lindsay Falvey, University of Cambridge

"Julian Cribb warns with a well synthesized evidence base about a potential famine in the making. The food crisis is already daily reality for one billion people. The book is not just a warning but offers sound guidance for the needed actions; easily understandable but suitably comprehensive, leaving no excuse for inaction."
Joachim von Braun, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute

"This timely book analyses the issues, addresses what can be done and is a must-read for any serious person."
John Kerin, Former Minister for Primary Industries and Energy

Details

Paperback | August 2010 | $ 29.95
ISBN: 9780643100404 | 264 pages | 245 x 170 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
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Features

  • Presents a unique overview of the prospects for the world’s food supply out to 2050 and beyond
  • Vital reading for consumers, farmers, scientists and policymakers alike
  • Confronts the big issues of the impact of human appetites on the planet’s limited resources for producing food
  • Explores the greatest issue of our age – and what we can do about it

Contents

  1. What Food Crisis?
  2. Food . . . or War?
  3. The Well Runs Dry
  4. Peak Land
  5. Nutrients – The New Oil
  6. Troubled Waters
  7. Losing Our Brains
  8. Eating Oil
  9. The Climate Hammer
  10. Elephants in the Kitchen
  11. A Fair Deal for Farmers
  12. Food in the Future

Authors

Julian Cribb is an author and science communicator who specialises in the communication of science, agriculture, mining, energy and the environment. His career includes appointments as newspaper editor, scientific editor at The Australian newspaper, national awareness director for CSIRO, and president of national professional bodies for agricultural journalism and science communication. His published work includes over 8000 articles and eight books. He has received 32 awards for journalism.