By 2050, we will have ten billion mouths to feed in a world profoundly altered by environmental change. How can we meet this challenge? In How to Feed the World, a diverse group of experts from Purdue University break down this crucial question by tackling big issues one-by-one. Covering population, water, land, climate change, technology, food systems, trade, food waste and loss, health, social buy-in, communication, and, lastly, the ultimate challenge of achieving equal access to food, the book reveals a complex web of factors that must be addressed in order to reach global food security.
How to Feed the World unites contributors from different perspectives and academic disciplines, ranging from agronomy and hydrology to agricultural economy and communication. Hailing from Germany, the Philippines, the U.S., Ecuador, and beyond, the contributors weave their own life experiences into their chapters, connecting global issues to our tangible, day-to-day existence. Across every chapter, a similar theme emerges: these are not simple problems, yet we can overcome them. Doing so will require cooperation between farmers, scientists, policy makers, consumers, and many others.
The resulting collection is an accessible but wide-ranging look at the modern food system. Readers will not only get a solid grounding in key issues, but be challenged to investigate further and contribute to the paramount effort to feed the world.
Jessica Eise is an author and communications researcher at Purdue University’s Brian Lamb School of Communication. She is coauthor of The Communication Scarcity in Agriculture and other works. Ken Foster is the former head of the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University and an award-winning professor of agricultural economics.
1 Inhabitants of Earth
2 The Green, Blue, and Gray Water Rainbow
3 The Land that Shapes and Sustains Us
4 Our Changing Climate
5 The Technology Ticket
7 Tangled Trade
8 Spoiled, Rotten, and Left Behind
9 Tipping the Scales on Health
10 Social License to Operate
11 The Information Hinge
12 Achieving Equal Access
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