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Publisher Description

The frightening truth about the modern food system.

The bestselling author of The End of Oil turns his attention to food and finds that the system we've entrusted with meeting one of our most basic needs is dramatically failing us. With his trademark comprehensive global approach, Paul Roberts investigates the startling truth about the modern food system: the way we make food, market and consume it, and even think about it is no longer compatible or safe for the billions of consumers the system was built to serve. The emergence of large-scale and efficient food production changed forever our relationship with food and ultimately left a vulnerable and paradoxical system in place. Over 1.1 billion people worldwide are "over-nourished," according to the World Health Organization, and are at risk of obesity-related illness, while roughly as many people are starving. Meanwhile the natural systems all food is dependent upon have been irreparably damaged by chemicals and destructive farming techniques; the pressures of low-cost food production court contamination and disease; and big food consumers, such as China and India, are already planning for tightened global food supplies, making it clear that the era of superabundance is behind us.

Vivid descriptions, lucid explanations, and fresh thinking make The End of Food uniquely able to offer a new, accessible way to understand the vulnerable miracle of the modern food economy. Roberts presents clear, stark visions of the future and helps us prepare to make the decisions-personal and global-we must make to survive the demise of food production as we know it.

Business & Personal Finance
William Dufris
hr min
March 21
Tantor Audio

Customer Reviews

84 Mac Guy ,

Yikes - Is This What We Eat!

An outstanding educational journey through the world's food supply. A little scary at times, but always enlightening. After listening to this book I changed my diet because the chicken, pork, and other food in the grocery store no longer looks as appetizing as it used to.

A great companion volume to this book is the movie (available on iTunes): King of Corn. The movie, by concentrating on one food item, illustrates in pictures what this book describes in words.

Cha-Gar ,

How can a nonfiction book on food get a parental advisory?

How can a nonfiction book on food get a parental advisory?

GalacticaLover ,

Lots of problems, simple solution

The author does a great job identifying and hyping the problems with food. I will always cook meat. However, he does little to solve the problems he’s found, except suggest that we should pay more for food. Not much of a solution, since 50 million Americans need food stamps now. The real irony is there is a solution and it’s relatively simple.
Irradiate the food and you eliminate all of the disease and food poisoning referenced. The food will also last much longer, even at room temperature.
At the same time, a nation of nuclear power plants will eliminate carbon burning and thus global warming, it can make fresh water from sea water in cooling tanks, and it can save hydrocarbons for use as fertilizer and pesticides.
Worried about a meltdown? A meltdown won’t kill 70 million, the way the author promises a mutant pathogen will, eventually.
If you won’t at least address viable solutions, then I can’t take your warnings to heart.

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