Can We Feed the World Without Destroying It?
Can We Feed the World Without Destroying It?

Nearly a third of the world’s population suffer from hunger or malnutrition. Feeding them—and the projected population of 10 billion people by 2050—has become a high-profile challenge for governments, multilateral institutions, big philanthropy 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 capacity?

In this sobering essay, scholar-practitioner Eric Holt-Giménez argues that the ecological impact of doubling industrial food production would be socially and environmentally catastrophic, and would not feed the poor. We already 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.?

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  • November 2018
  • 146 pages
  • 124 x 190 mm / 5 x 7 in
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Table of Contents


Introduction: The politics, power and potential of food

Chapter 1: Hunger in a World of Plenty

Chapter 2: Food, environment, and systems change

Chapter 3: Who Can Feed the World Without Destroying It?

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About the Author

Eric Holt Gimenez, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy. He is an agroecologist, researcher, lecturer and author of several books, dozens of academic articles and far too many blogs. Eric spent half of his professional life in the field, working with farmers in the US and Latin America. He now lives in Sonoma County, CA, close to the dairy farms where he was raised.

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"For over forty years, Food First has provided timely, readable, vital analysis on world hunger. Its executive director, Eric Holt-Giménez, carries on the tradition nobly, with this important and accessible guide for critical thinking to tackle the root causes of hunger. Read it to inoculate yourself against the food industry's fake news, and learn about the insurgent hope that food sovereignty offers."
Raj Patel, author of Stuffed & Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System

“Short and not at all sweet where destructive capital-intensive agriculture is concerned, Holt-Gimenez delivers fact-based diagnoses and solutions to benefit people and planet. Armed with this information, the battle for good, nutritious food, a healthy planet, and an end to hunger and malnutrition everywhere is one everyone can join.”
Susan George, President of the Board of the Transnational Institute

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