Feeding Frenzy: The New Politics of Food Paperback – 14 Mar 2013
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Passionately argued ... presents a compelling argument for radical agricultural reforms ... Above all, he is optimistic about the future, putting faith in our ability to overcome obstacles (Sunday Times)
An illuminating history (FT)
Revealing ... offers refreshingly ordinary answers (Observer)
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That Paul McMahon, the author of Feeding Frenzy, has been to enormous lengths and depths in his research should not be a reason for taking all that he writes on trust; but then no reputable writer such as he would expect that. Unfortunately there are a number of slips in the text, such as, `A dairy cow in 1900 could produce 2,000 litres of milk a day; now, with enough feed, she can yield up to 10,000 litres.' (page 20) A remarkable cow. OK, this is a slip but, like the clock that struck 13, it casts a shade of doubt on other assertions; and there are plenty more in the blizzard of statistics where the literal meaning in unclear. If all else fails, a reader has to take an author literally. There are also cases of false comparison such as comparing food production in China, India and Southeast Asia with Iowa and Mato Grosso: while concentrating on manpower/fossil fuel the author doesn't mention edaphic and climatic differences (page 238).Read more ›
Having said this, there are simply too many fascinating facts and insights for this to not be read by anyone with an interest in food security and food politics. Well worth the read, but well worth reading with caution.
This is a most intelligently and persuasively written book. I recommend it strongly to anyone interested in food security and the future of our planet.