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The End of Food by Paul Roberts

The End of Food

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Sue Baker's view...

There’s a lot to “digest” in The End of Food, the politics of food, the global corporations, the gluts and famines endemic in our systems, the poor quality of much food and the relentless pressure that follows from that money saving offer or 3 for 2 in the supermarket. We may see cheap food as our right, but Paul Roberts is showing the true costs, what could happen in the future and most frightening of all, the fragility of the whole system.

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The End of Food by Paul Roberts

The emergence of large-scale food production gave us unprecedented abundance - but at a steep and ultimately unsustainable price. Relentless cost-cutting has made our food systems vulnerable to contamination and disease. More than a billion people are overweight or obese, yet roughly the same number are still malnourished. Over-crowded countries like China are already planning for tightened global food supplies. As the world veers back to a time of hunger and uncertainty, Paul Roberts explores the vulnerable miracle of our modern food economy and pinpoints the decisions we must make to avoid the coming meltdown.


'Indispensable ... the best analysis of the global food economy you are likely to find'
Michael Pollan, author of In Defence of Food

'The coming food crisis ... is as intractable as global warming, and no less urgent'

'What Roberts is telling us, essentially, is that our food is not cheap; it just seems to be cheap. One day we'll find out how expensive it really is. Or rather, was'
William Leith, Evening Standard

'Other books have documented the growing food demands of the developing world ... What sets Roberts apart is how he pulls these topics together into a panorama of the food economy as a whole'

About the Author

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.

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Publication date

10th January 2009


Paul Roberts

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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


432 pages


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