Food for A Finite Planet

eBook - 2013
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Publisher: Chicago :, The University of Chicago Press,, 2013
Copyright Date: ♭2013
ISBN: 9781443406697
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Apr 19, 2019

Essential reading about the future of food, and the baneful impact of agribusiness on the direction in which it is moving. The combination of patenting of organisms and the growth of patent thickets, and the way that modern hybrid seeds somehow only benefit the seed and chemical companies, makes it clear that something is amiss with the way modern industrial farming has developed and threatens to take over the food supply entirely. Far from being an ideological reaction, this work is a well researched and objective view of the situation, that should ring alarm bells in all of us.

Sep 03, 2013

There is a lot of contradiction in this book. She seems to favour small scale farming but the examples she uses like the farmers that are nearly starving in China rice mountainside rice farms are not actually the way to go. She thinks that we cannot afford to use animal protein as they consume a lot of input to grow (which is true) but uses a long horn farmer in southern Ontario as an example of 'ecological farming' because he uses local plants on his farm to feed them but takes twice as long to mature to usable meat. I think she's a bit of a dreamer that probably has never had to actually work on a farm to earn a living. I have and peasant farming is not the solution to feed 9 Billion people in 2050.

Aug 15, 2013

A solid read for anyone interested in food, farms, and sustainable growing issues. A nice compliment to Elton's previous book, Locavore. I would have liked for some sections to have gone more in-depth, like the chapter on urban farming in Detroit, but overall, a thumbs up.

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