This authoritative, research-based collection examines urgent threats to future global food security and evaluates current and potential solutions.
A Kenyan environmentalist … a California chef … agricultural researchers in Canada … a transnational organization of peasant farmers … French heritage apple growers. These individuals and others, in virtually every corner of the globe, are developing innovative solutions to significant threats to the world’s food security. Their stories fill this timely new resource on the serious food challenges we are facing today.
Critical Food Issues: Problems and State-of-the-Art Solutions Worldwide examines 31 crucial areas of concern, from soil degradation, depletion of water for irrigation, and loss of biodiversity to declining rural livelihoods, hunger and obesity, unjust farm labor practices, and farm animal mistreatment.
Critical Food Issues divides its coverage into two exhaustive volumes, one on bioenvironmental topics and one with a sociocultural focus. Throughout, highly accomplished experts from a variety of academic backgrounds review the current state of research on specific problems, then identify strategies for confronting those problems that balance sustainable agrifood systems with environmental stewardship, healthy people, and equitable communities. At a time of increasing public outcries over the quality of food and the impact of agrifood production on long-term environmental and human well-being, Critical Food Issues offers an authoritative and comprehensive basis on which producers, consumers, and citizens can make more informed decisions about the future of food.
• 31 essays in two volumes—one on environmental, agricultural, and health concerns, and one on topics related to society, culture, and ethics.
• 41 contributors from a wide range of disciplines including environmental, nutritional, soil, and agricultural sciences, medicine and dietetics, education, literature, history, philosophy, economics, sociology, anthropology, and gender studies
• Tables presenting important statistical data concerning food growth and distribution, health concerns, and economic issues
• A comprehensive glossary including important acronyms and abbreviations
• Offers in one resource discussions of both the bio/environmental and the sociocultural and ethical aspects of problems with the world’s food supply and distribution
• Evaluates a variety of current and potential solutions to the threats to global food security
• Synthesizes the work of many academic disciplines into an ecological framework that relates critical food issues to environmental quality, human health and well-being, equitable communities, and ethical concerns about our responsibility to sustain future generations.
• Provides expert analysis of critical food issues, allowing citizens to make more informed decisions about the future of food