Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics Of Food Scarcity (2012)
Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Ge...
About book: I want to reread this book immediately. The book's analysis of the new geopolitics of food scarcity is superbly summarized. Many interconnections are made and he gives a clear outline of key demand side and supply side issues. He does a fairly good job of stating how dire the problems are - itemizes a to-do list - however I wish he'd put more emphasis on food choice and not eating meat as central to reversing the current environmental, climate change, resource depletion mess. I wished he'd somehow screamed a little louder. Sometimes the most concise, well stated, and cogent arguments are missed because there are so many simple minds that by-pass 'just information'. It's crazy - but human - to wait for the blood, starvation, war, and drama, before paying attention. Wonderful book explaining the economics of food scarcity and impacts for us all in rising prices and rising tensions across the world. Short but packed full of relevant figures and details Brown masterfully covers the main points, explodes myths and offers options. Two points really stood out to me: the cost of diverting corn to ethanol and the failure of land international purchases to work in agriculture.
Sobering and short enough to get straight to the point. Everyone should read up on this issue.
I had to read this just a chapter at a time because it is depressing and terrifying.
Dr. Brown is great in terms of how food impacts politics
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