So Shall We Reap
What's Gone Wrong with the World's Food System -- And How to Fix It
Publisher: Allen Lane
Year Published: 2003
Pages: 448pp ISBN: 0141009500
Resource Type: Book
Cx Number: CX7036
How everyone who is liable to be born in the next ten thousand years could eat very well indeed; and why, in practice, our immediate descendants are likely to be in serious trouble.
An expose on the fallout of the present drive for maximum food production at rock-bottom cost, as health scares spiral, rural workers are driven off the land, and poor nations are forced to export their goods in an unsympathetic marketplace.
Tudge explores the central theme of the book - that the growing population of the world will need feeding to a point where we are 9 billion of us on Earth before any fall can realistically be expected - by drawing on a wide range of well researched sources.
He covers a lot of ground: for example, traditional farming techniques in China are contrasted with modern industrial farming in North America & Europe. Tudge speculates on how traditional land-efficient farming can be combined with an urban situation to maximise food production without demolishing the remaining countryside and wild places of the World.