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Food or War

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  • Publication planned for: September 2019
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108712903

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  • Ours is the Age of Food. Food is a central obsession in all cultures, nations, the media, and society. Our future supply of food is filled with risk, and history tells us that lack of food leads to war. But it also presents us with spectacular opportunities for fresh human creativity and technological prowess. Julian Cribb describes a new food system capable of meeting our global needs on this hot and overcrowded planet. This book is for anyone concerned about the health, safety, affordability, diversity, and sustainability of their food - and the peace of our planet. It is not just timely - its message is of the greatest urgency. Audiences include consumers, 'foodies', policymakers, researchers, cooks, chefs and farmers. Indeed, anyone who cares about their food, where it comes from and what it means for them, their children and grandchildren.

    • Maps a path for a safe, sustainable food supply in the twenty-first century - but also for a way to end the Sixth Extinction and reduce the threat of wars and refugee crises globally
    • Explains the past, present and future connection between food and human conflict: helps the reader appreciate how their food choices influence world politics and the risk of war
    • Presents the case for dramatic change in world food production, health and choices: shows how each of us can influence the change to a safe, healthy, sustainable food supply in future
    • Explains the connection between food and the looming crises and conflicts of the twenty-first century: proposes that food is a 'weapon for peace' which everyone can use
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    'Food, like air, water, soil and biodiversity, is one of humankind's most fundamental needs, a source of joy and creator of community. The eco-crises of climate change and loss of biodiversity reveal the total unsustainability of the current global food system. This book is an urgent call for recognition that the inescapable need for change also brings enormous opportunities.' David Suzuki, Award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster

    'Food or War targets an issue that touches every human life, every day: food. And that, without it, people fight. It shows that our 'jawprint' is the heaviest of all our impacts on our finite planet - and that, for civilisation to survive, how we produce food must change … Anyone with an interest in either the human future or food should read this clear, authoritative, scary book. So should all first-year college classes.' Paul R. Ehrlich, co-author of Jaws: The Story of a Hidden Epidemic

    'Throughout history, food has been both a tool and a consequence of conflict and migration, which continues today exacerbated by arable land lost to cities, unreliable climate and excess consumption in rich nations while millions remain malnourished elsewhere. Cribb's analysis is urgently apposite, as is his practical call for a sustainable, nourishing and resilient global food system.' Lindsay Falvey, University of Melbourne

    'Wars rage on in Syria, Yemen and elsewhere, in part driven by food shortages. What to do? … We can turn this imbalance around. Cribb points the way in this must-read book.' Tim Fischer, former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, and Chair of the Global Crop Trust with Seed Vault in Svalbard and HQ in Bonn, Germany

    'Julian Cribb's comprehensive and thoughtful plan to deal with an impending global food security disaster deserves coordinated and urgent consideration by the UN FAO and all national governments.' Michael Jeffery, former Governor General of Australia

    'Access to this book will enrich deliberations on critical issues of global food supply, dealing with refugees and poverty, and the food/land/water nexus. The evidence-based approach, integration across issues, and presentation of opportunities for the future make this text stand out from the crowd. It is highly recommended.' Kath Bowmer, former Deputy Chief of CSIRO Land and Water and Deputy Vice Chancellor of Charles Sturt University, Queensland

    'On an increasingly crowded planet that is itself subject to an existential threat, Cribb focuses this book on the 'Food Challenge', its magnitude and urgency. We have much to think about and prepare.' John Hewson, Australian National University, and former Federal Liberal and Opposition Leader

    'Food or War details the consequences for the global food supply that humanity faces due to the cascading impacts of climate, resource scarcity, toxicity and other threats - and provides workable solutions. I am convinced that this is going to be one of the most cited books and will be an important source of guidance for future generations. I recommend this book to every single person who loves the planet they live on and cares for the future of their grandkids.' Razia Shaik, Charles Sturt University, Queensland

    'Drawing on his extensive scientific and historical knowledge, Cribb takes us on a grim and tightly argued odyssey to the edge of the Earth. He holds our hand while we stare into the abyss. Frightening. Having outlined the reality of our tenuous hold on the supports of life, he offers creative and imaginative solutions. A must-read for anyone who cares about the future of humanity.' Bruce Haigh, former Australian diplomat and refugee advocate

    'In a time when we are absorbed in populist, political nonsense, Julian Cribb brings us to heel with the existential threat we face, in simple language; he joins all the dots.' The Honourable John Kerin, former Australian Minister for Primary Industry

    'Unputdownable. Dealing with the multiple threats to humanity's most basic need - food - it unceremoniously pulls your head from the sand - but empowers you with the knowledge to do something. An absolutely essential read. This masterful work articulates clearly humanity's future and may just be warning enough for globally connected communities to avert the avalanche of existential threats bearing down.' Brad Collis, Editorial Director, Coretext and author of Fields of Discovery

    'Human nature meets human need when the red and black horsemen ride in the ultimate existential food fight. At once perceptive and persuasive, Julian Cribb delivers another science-based study of the human condition at its most basic. Food or War is exceptional.' David Hulme, Publisher, Vision.org

    'A compelling case for turning swords into ploughshares and building a sustainable global food supply in this century of existential climate risks.' David Spratt, American University Washington College of Law, and author of Climate Code Red

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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: September 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108712903
    • dimensions: 216 x 138 mm
    • contains: 42 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: Not yet published - available from September 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. Food and conflict
    2. War and hunger
    3. The strategic importance of food, land and water
    4. Is 'agriculture' sustainable?
    5. Hotspots for food conflict in the twenty-first century
    6. Food as an existential risk
    7. Food for peace
    8. Urban dreams and nightmares
    9. The future of food
    10. Conclusion: key recommendations of this book.

  • Author

    Julian Cribb, Julian Cribb & Associates
    Julian Cribb FRSA FTSE is an Australian author and science communicator. His career includes appointments as scientific editor for The Australian newspaper, director of national awareness for the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), editor of several newspapers, member of numerous scientific boards and advisory panels, and president of national professional bodies for agricultural journalism and science communication. His published work includes over 9000 articles, 3000 science media releases and ten books. He has received thirty-two awards for journalism. His previous books include The Coming Famine (2010), Poisoned Planet (2014), and Surviving the 21st Century (2017). As a science writer and a grandparent, Julian Cribb is deeply concerned at the existential emergency facing humanity, the mounting scientific evidence for it and the deficit of clear thinking about how to overcome it.

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