The End of Food

Author(s): Paul Roberts

Society & Culture

With an insightful global approach, Paul Roberts investigates the startling truth about the way we make, market, consume, and even think about food, and how this system is no longer compatible or safe for the billions of consumers that it was built to serve. The emergence of large-scale and efficient food production changed forever our relationship with food and ultimately left a vulnerable and paradoxical system in place. Over 1.1 billion people worldwide are 'over-nourished,' according to the World Health Organization, and are at risk of obesity-related illness, while roughly as many people are starving. Meanwhile, the natural systems all food is dependent upon have been irreparably damaged by chemicals and destructive farming techniques.The pressures of low-cost food production cause contamination and disease, and big food consumers such as China and India are already planning for tightened global food supplies - the era of superabundance seems to be behind us. Vivid descriptions, lucid explanations, and fresh thinking make "The End of Food" uniquely able to offer a new and accessible way to understand the vulnerable miracle of the modern food economy.

First published 2008.


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A major investigation which tackles the problems of the food industry head-on, supported by the latest research and case studies covering India, China, Central America and the Middle East.The End of Oil sold 35,000 copies in paperback.For fans of current affairs exposes such as Planet Chicken and Not on the Label, and big-picture panoramas such as Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth.

PRAISE FOR 'THE END OF OIL' 'A tour de force an oustandingly clear, lucid, and readable book about a highly complex issue that is central to our times' Michael Meacher, The Guardian 'A necessary and brilliantly accessible work' Observer 'A combination of reportage, interviews and analysis, this investigation of energy consumption is a highly readable introduction to a frightening future' Irish Times

Paul Roberts is the author of the acclaimed bestseller, The End of Oil and a regular contributor to Harper's Magazine. He lives in Washington State, US.

General Fields

  • : 9780747588818
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : June 2008
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paul Roberts
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : English
  • : 363.8
  • : 416
  • : Food manufacturing & related industries