Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity

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  • Edition: 00
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2012-10-17
  • Publisher: W W NORTON

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With food scarcity driven by falling water tables, eroding soils, and rising temperatures, control of arable land and water resources is moving to center stage in the global struggle for food security. In this era of tightening world food supplies, the ability to grow food is fast becoming a new form of geopolitical leverage. Food is the new oil, Lester R. Brown writes. What will the geopolitics of food look like in a new era dominated by scarcity and food nationalism? Brown outlines the political implications of land acquisitions by grain-importing countries in Africa and elsewhere as well as the world's shrinking buffers against poor harvests. With wisdom accumulated over decades of tracking agricultural issues, Brown exposes the increasingly volatile food situation the world is facing.

Author Biography

Lester R. Brown is president of Earth Policy Institute, a research organization based in Washington, DC. He has been honored with numerous prizes, including a MacArthur Fellowship, the United Nations Environment Prize, Japan's Blue Planet Prize, and twenty-five honorary degrees.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Food: The Weak Linkp. 3
The Ecology of Population Growthp. 15
Moving Up the Food Chainp. 24
Food or Fuel?p. 36
Eroding Soils Darkening Our Futurep. 45
Peak Water and Food Scarcityp. 57
Grain Yields Starting to Plateaup. 72
Rising Temperatures, Rising Food Pricesp. 83
China and the Soybean Challengep. 93
The Global Land Rushp. 101
Can We Prevent a Food Breakdown?p. 114
Indexp. 125
Acknowledgementsp. 137
About the Authorp. 143
Permission for reprinting or excerpting portions of the manuscript can be obtained from Reah Janise Kauffman at Earth Policy Institute. For full citations, data, and additional information on the topics discussed in this book, see www.earth-policy.org.
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