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The Atlas of Food: Who Eats What, Where and Why (The Earthscan Atlas Series) [Paperback]

Erik Millstone , Tim Lang
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25 Sep 2008 The Earthscan Atlas Series

Now completely updated, this award-winning atlas maps every link of the food chain, from farming, production and retail to the food on our plates. It also investigates how, in an era of new technologies, globalized food trade and even plentiful supply, millions remain hungry. Topics include:

  • Prices and Shortages 
  • Malnutrition 
  • Dietary Changes and Increasing Obesity 
  • Climate Change Impacts 
  • Industrial Farming 
  • Live Animal Trade 
  • GM Crops 
  • Fertilizers and Pesticides 
  • Organic Farming 
  • Land Rights 
  • Trade Justice
  • Fast Food and Additives

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (25 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844074994
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844074990
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 224,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Impressive and far-ranging, an extremely useful and comprehensive, if disturbing, read.' Financial Times

'Fascinating and comprehensive.' New Agriculturist

'This splendid presentation of deeply worrying data and trends should be a wake-up call.' Times Higher Education Supplement

'An extraordinarily clear basis for understanding the underlying issues, this vital study clearly shows how threatened the security of the food supply chain has become in a globally interconnected world.' Ecologist

'A unique and easily accessible insight into the way our world food system works. This splendid presentation of deeply worrying data and trends should be a wake-up call.' Times Higher Education Supplement

'A remarkable book that reveals with devastating clarity the bizarre way the world feeds itself. The quest to find out just what's happening to our food is no longer a journey without maps.' The Food Programme, BBC Radio 4

'A fascinating book which gives global perspective on food and its production and supply... extremely well illustrated with maps and graphs.' Nutrition and Food Science

'The Atlas of Food provides an authoritative account of the food chain.' Food Manufacture

'This is a terrific resource for those who want to know all about how the world feeds itseld, who produces what and where it goes. A comprehensive study.' Health Food Business

About the Author

Erik Millstone is Professor of Science Policy at the University of Sussex, UK. He has been working on food-related issues since the mid-1970s and is the author of Food Additives; Additives: A Guide for Everyone; Our Genetic Future; Lead and Public Health and BSE: Risk, Science and Governance, as well as numerous journal and magazine articles on the politics of food and health. He is currently working on a project concerned with reconciling improved food production for poor farmers in developing countries with environmental sustainability, as part of the STEPs centre. Tim Lang is Professor of Food Policy at City University's Centre for Food Policy in London. He studies how policy affects the shape of the food supply chain, what people eat, and the societal, health, and environmental outcomes. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, a Vice-President of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and a regular consultant to the World Health Organization and other governmental and non-governmental public bodies. Since 2006, he has been Land Use and Natural Resources Commissioner on the UK Government's Sustainable Development Commission. He is co-author of Food Wars and The Unmanageable Consumer, and is widely credited as coining the term 'food miles'.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Food in the Future... 28 Oct 2010
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A very interesting read offering an insight into what could happen, if global population continues to grow as it appears to be doing at the moment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exploring the Future of World Power by Mapping Our Daily Bread 9 Oct 2008
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Even though most world leaders are focused on our global energy crisis now, two British scholars are prophetically giving us this newly revised "Atlas of Food." It's a terrific resource for teachers, preachers, small-group leaders, students and pretty much anyone who wants to understand an even more important global crisis: feeding humanity.

It's no surprise that the words "our daily bread" represent one of the world's most common prayers. The creators of this information-packed atlas argue that -- sooner or later -- we're all going to discover that the real struggle for global dominance involves food and water.

In the introduction, Erik Millstone and Tim Lang tell us that global power already is moving into the hands of food traders, retailers and land-owners who control the production and distribution of the stuff that our neighbors truly must have to survive: food. The authors write: "The irony is that enough food is produced on this planet to feed everyone adequately -- IF it were to be shared uniformly. But, some over-eat while others are malnourished."

This book is not specifically religious and the reviews I write for Amazon are recommendations of important books and films specifically related to spirituality. So let me clarify, in this case: While the atlas is not specifically religious, it deals with profoundly spiritual issues.

In this book, you'll discover a host of new insights into the imbalance of food around the world. Pick up a copy for yourself or for small-group study. If you tackle it with a group, this volume will raise enough questions to keep your group buzzing along for weeks.
4.0 out of 5 stars check out this book 1 Mar 2014
By Holly Williams - Published on Amazon.com
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Yes this book was needed for my collage English class and it has helped a lot.**** it's also a reasonable price for this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Where of Food 14 Feb 2013
By Scott M. Kruse - Published on Amazon.com
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It is not enough to know about food. In Slow Food you must understand both the where and the how of food production. There is too much long distance transport of food. Many do not realize where food is grown or comes from. This is a big help.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great buy. 3 Jan 2014
By Destinee - Published on Amazon.com
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Good buy great resource I just bought it for a class I had to do research very interesting book. Seller was accurate on everything Attt on everything excellent
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