Can We Feed the World Without Destroying It?

Can We Feed the World Without Destroying It?

by Eric Holt-Gimenez


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Nearly a third of the world’s population suffers from hunger or malnutrition. Feeding them – and the projected population of 10 billion people by 2050 – has become a high-profile challenge for states, philanthropists, and even the Fortune 500. This has unleashed a steady march of initiatives to double food production within a generation. But will doing so tax the resources of our planet beyond its capacity?

In this sobering essay, scholar-practitioner Eric Holt-Giménez argues that the ecological impact of doubling food production would be socially and environmentally catastrophic and would not feed the poor. We have the technology, resources, and expertise to feed everyone. What is needed is a thorough transformation of the global food regime – one that increases equity while producing food and reversing agriculture’s environmental impacts.​

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781509522019
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/14/2019
Series: Global Futures Series
Pages: 136
Sales rank: 621,476
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Eric Holt-Giménez, PhD, is Executive Director of Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

1 The Politics, Power, and Potential of Food 1

2 Hunger in a World of Plenty 10

3 Food, Environment, and Systems Change 40

4 Who Can Feed the World Without Destroying It? 88

Further Reading 119

Notes 124

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