The End of Food by Paul Roberts

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Salmonella-tainted tomatoes, riots, and skyrocketing prices are only the latest in a series of food-related crises that have illuminated the failures of the modern food system. In The End of Food, Paul Roberts investigates this system and presents a startling truth—how we make, market, and transport our food is no longer compatible with the billions of consumers the system was built to serve.

The emergence of large-scale and efficient food production forever changed our relationship with food and ultimately left a vulnerable and paradoxical system in place. High-volume factory systems create new risks for food-borne illness; high-yield crops generate grain, produce, and meat of declining nutritional quality; and while nearly a billion people are overweight, roughly as many people are starving.

In this vivid narrative, Roberts presents clear, stark visions of the future and helps us prepare to make the necessary decisions to survive the demise of food production as we know it.

 

About Paul Roberts

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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.
 
Published May 6, 2009 by Mariner Books. 436 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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This time the author scrutinizes the modern food system, examining its history from prehistoric big-game hunting through the rise of industrialized food production to the retail revolution in which large grocery companies control the supply chain.

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The New York Times

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What eaters (and readers) still need, Roberts argues, “is a way to consider such critical questions and concerns in a larger, more global context.” Roberts aims to go Schlosser and Pollan one better.

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The New York Times

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With a notch in his belt for anticipating the oil crisis, Paul Roberts turns his attention to the food supply.

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Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives Carolyn Steel Chatto & Windus £12.99, pp400 The End of Food: The Coming Crisis in the World Food Industry Paul Roberts Bloomsbury £12.99, pp416 Hungry City is a sinister real-life sequel to Animal Farm with the plot turned upside down by time in ...

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Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives by Carolyn Steel 400pp, Chatto & Windus, £12.99 The End of Food: The Coming Crisis in the World Food Industry by Paul Roberts 416pp, Bloomsbury, £12.99 By the third century BC, the hungry young city of Rome needed more grain than the surrounding countrysi...

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Pajiba

I started reading The End of Food by Paul Roberts in November to review as my first book for Canonball Read, and I just finished reading it now.

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Englewood Review of Books

The plethora of books being written critiquing the modern food economy ought to given some indication as to the extent of the problem.

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New Scientist

Both The End of Food and Eat Your Heart Out went to press before the present crisis made headlines, yet their dissections of our global food system help explain why there is mounting hunger despite the fact that the planet produces enough food to make us all chubby.

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