The Coming Famine by Julian Cribb published August The ISBN is The publisher is CSIRO Publishing. Buy The Coming Famine from. Books, one is told, should not be judged by their covers. But the dust jacket of Cribb’s book conveys a strong sense of his argument; it shows parched-looking. InThe Coming Famine, Julian Cribb lays out a vivid picture of impending planetary crisis–a global food shortage that threatens to hit by mid-century–that woul.

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Return to Book Page. Someone else does it for us. Water shortages alone could make dinner for nine billion impossible.

It’s better than “Empires of Food,” another book in this basic genre. Oct 04, Chris Walker rated it really liked it. Other species have managed to do quite well without controlling their ecosystem, by simply adapting to it, and enjoying their lives. It clobbers a generous comibg of dangerous illusions and lunatic fantasies, and shines a floodlight on the monsters beneath the bed.

Zach Glendening rated it liked it Feb 12, For example, in his chapter on climate change, Cribb suggests rebalancing our diets toward foods with a smaller carbon footprint; reducing consumption of meat, oils, and dairy products; selecting seasonal, locally-grown foods.

It will not be a single global catastrophe, but a series of regional famines scattered over time and place. Cribb’s comprehensive assessment describes a dangerous confluence of shortages–of water, land, energy, technology, and knowledge–combined with the increased demand created In The Coming FamineJulian Cribb lays out a vivid picture of impending planetary crisis–a global coking shortage that threatens to hit by mid-century–that would dwarf any in our previous experience.


Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Half of the food we grow is never eaten. What goes up must come down. Experts predict that crinb there will be five cities having populations in excess of 30 million.

Books Digital Products Journals. He shows how high food prices and regional shortages are already sending shockwaves into the international community. It also really pushed me to want to not waste any food and be much more conscious of my water use and electricity use.

The main problem is that he sticks pretty closely to technical fmaine and avoids social or economic issues. It is well-worth the read to learn more about all the contributing factors for famine.

No trivia or quizzes yet. The food crisis is already daily reality for one billion people. It provides fantastic scientific support, but you do not need to be a scientist to understand it.

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It gives reliable evidence crivb each of the surprising facts it states. But this important book organizes the challenges that face us in a clear and understandable way, provides convincing factual support for the problems he describes, and reminds us with a note doming hope that humans are a highly adaptive species that can meet the challenges if they can muster enough global will to get the job done.

It’s not kulian much that I disagree with this assessment as that he just doesn’t explain it, and generally doesn’t talk about economic problems or the vast and growing inequality between and within nations.

Aug 28, Peter Mcloughlin rated it really liked it Shelves: Thus, he assumes that you are familiar with the concept of “limits” and proceeds from there. What about the self-aggrandizing nature of industrial capitalism?


The Coming Famine: The Global Food Crisis and What We Can Do to Avoid It by Julian Cribb

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This is a good book which is a good general introduction to the food crisis. Nicole rated it really liked it Mar 06, Julian Cribb is an Australian science writer of good repute, who suffers from having both humanist and biologist tendencies.

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The Coming Famine: The Global Food Crisis and What We Can Do to Avoid It

During the daylight hours, he rolled up his sleeves and did a lot of high quality research, to envision a way to regularly provide nine billion happy meals. He’s aware of economic issues, because he discusses the price of food, but I get the impression that reducing the price of food is seen as a question of addressing the specific ccribb he talks about water, land, population, etc.

Writing in brisk, accessible prose, Cribb explains how the food system interacts with the environment and with armed conflict, poverty, jluian other societal factors.