Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 432 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in
Published: May 6, 2009
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0547085974
ISBN - 13: 9780547085975
About the Book
Roberts investigates the modern food system and presents a startling truth--how manufacturers make, market, and transport food is no longer compatible with the billions of consumers the system was built to serve.
Table of Contents
Contents Prologue ix
I 1 Starving for Progress 3 2 It''s So Easy Now 29 3 Buy One, Get
One Free 57 4 Tipping The Scales 82
II 5 Eating For Strength 113 6 The End Of Hunger 144 7 We Are What
We Eat 175 8 In The Long Run 205
III 9 Magic Pills 239 10 Food Fight 269
Epilogue: Nouvelle Cuisine 298 Acknowledgments 323 Notes 324
Bibliography 363 Index 366
From the Publisher
Paul Roberts, the best-selling author of The End of Oil, turns his
attention to the modern food economy and finds that the system
entrusted to meet our most basic need is failing.
In this carefully researched, vivid narrative, Roberts lays out
the stark economic realities behind modern food and shows how our
system of making, marketing, and moving what we eat is growing less
and less compatible with the billions of consumers that system was
built to serve.
At the heart of The End of Food is a grim paradox: the rise of
large-scale food production, though it generates more food more
cheaply than at any time in history, has reached a point of
dangerously diminishing returns. Our high-volume factory systems
are creating new risks for food-borne illness, from E. coli to
avian flu. Our high-yield crops and livestock generate grain,
vegetables, and meat of declining nutritional quality. While nearly
one billion people worldwide are overweight or obese, the same
number of people?one in every seven of us?can''t get enough to eat.
In some of the hardest-hit regions, such as sub-Saharan Africa, the
lack of a single nutrient, vitamin A, has left more than five
million children permanently blind.
Meanwhile, the shift to heavily mechanized, chemically intensive
farming has so compromised soil and water that it''s unclear how
long such output can be maintained. And just as we''ve begun to
understand the limits of our abundance, the burgeoning economies of
Asia, with their rising middle classes, are adopting Western-style,
meat-heavy diets, putting new demands on global food
Comprehensive in scope and full of fresh insights, The End of Food
presents a lucid, stark vision of the future. It is a call for us
to make crucial decisions to help us survive the demise of food
production as we know it.
Paul Roberts is the author of The End of Oil, which was a finalist
for the New York Public Library''s Helen Bernstein Book Award in
2005. He has written about resource economics and politics for
numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, the
Washington Post, Harper''s Magazine, and Rolling Stone, and
lectures frequently on business and environmental issues.
About the Author
Paul Roberts is the author of The End of Oil, a finalist for
the New York Public Library''s Helen Bernstein Book Award in 2005.
He has written about resource economics and politics for numerous
publications, including the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post,
and Rolling Stone, and lectures frequently on business and
environmental issues. He lives in Washington State.
An indispensable book. . .the best analysis of the global food
economy you are likely to find.?Michael Pollan
Everyone''s got to eat, and this spellbinding book makes it clear
why that may be a problem.?Bill McKibben