Feeding Frenzy by Paul McMahon
The New Politics of Food

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...McMahon’s answer to what he calls the “nine billion person question” tips towards the optimistic.
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This subject is as big as they come: the world's food supply.


Written for a popular audience, Feeding Frenzy traces the history of the global food system and reveals the underlying causes of recent food shortages and price spikes - what the media has labelled a 'world food crisis'. As the tectonic plates of the world food system shift, forces are being unleashed that threaten the security of billions. Food-producing countries are banning exports to benefit their own citizens, even if this means that other countries starve. Most worryingly, they are acquiring huge areas of under-utilised farmland in poorest countries to grow crops for export, often at the expense of local communities. Some of the trends identified in this book are unstoppable. But McMahon also outlines actions that can be taken to lower the risks of conflict and to produce fairer outcomes. It is possible to envisage a more benign scenario, associated with a shift to a sustainable and productive form of agriculture. Which path will the world choose?

 

About Paul McMahon

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Paul McMahon has authored reports on sustainable food systems as an advisor to The Prince of Wales's International Sustainability Unit and to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation. He co-founded and now helps run SLM Partners, a business that invests in sustainable agriculture in Australia and across the world. Born in Ireland, he holds a PhD from Cambridge University.
 
Published January 1, 1656 by Profile Books Ltd. 321 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Alex Renton on May 25 2013

By the end, Rayner and McMahon – and the reader – are pretty much in agreement on sorting out world food security. It can be done.

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Reviewed by Lara Pawson on Apr 12 2013

...McMahon’s answer to what he calls the “nine billion person question” tips towards the optimistic.

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