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Consumed: Food for a Finite Planet

by Sarah Elton

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"You are a guest of nature -- behave." Friedensreich Hundertwasser
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For Anisa, Nadia and Kumail and for all of my family
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To take a look into the future, all you need do is head to the Baltimore waterfront.
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Sarah Elton walks fields and farms on three continents, not only investigating the very real threats to our food, but also telling the little-known stories of the people who are working against time to create a new and hopeful future.By 2050, the world population is expected to reach nine billion, and the challenge of feeding this population, along with climate changes, will increasingly wreak havoc on the way we produce our food. At the same time, we have lost touch with the soil; few of us know how to grow it, and we are at the mercy of multinational corporations who control the crops and giving little thought to the damage their methods are inflicting on the planet. The author walks fields and farms on three continents, not only investigating the very real threats to our food, but also telling the little-known stories of the people who are working against time to create a new and hopeful future. Food might be the problem, but as she shows, it is also the solution. The food system as we know it was assembled in a few decades; and if it can be built that quickly, it can be reassembled and improved in the same amount of time. Here the author lays out the targets we need to meet by the year 2050. -- From book jacket.… (more)

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