The Atlas of Food: Who Eats What, Where and Why (The Earthscan Atlas)

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Food is vital for our health and welfare, and its production critically affects the environment as well as the wealth of nations. Despite a rapid increase in trade, hundreds of millions of people remain hungry, while chronic obesity is increasing worldwide. Much of the grain that could amply feed the world's population is fed instead to cattle to satisfy the rich world's appetite for meat. New technologies, such as GM crops, promise to increase food production, but are they completely safe? How do markets work, and whose vested interests are at stake? What are the impacts of different forms of farming, processing, transportation, retailing and changing eating habits? Vividly presented through the creative use of maps and graphics, this atlas provides clear, authoritative and comprehensive accounts of the food chain - from plough to plate - and reveals how it affects the lives and livelihoods of us all, farmers and suburban shoppers alike.

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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 'An indispensable and authoritative guide, arguably the best single book on the subject and hence one that every reader of this review should have.' Scientific and Medical Network 'This book is a fascinating read not just for members of the food industry, but for anyone who wants to know who eats what, where and why. Surely that means just about everyone.' International Food Ingredients 'A valuable source of information on a wide range of dimensions comprising the human food chain.' Progress in Human Geography 'This publication should become an institution.' Biological Agriculture and Horticulture 'Packed with raw data presented in a high accessible and colorful way' Energy and Environmental Management 'This excellent book by University of Sussex Reader of Science Policy, Erik Millstone and City University Professor of Food Policy and media food pundit, Tim Lang does much more than its title suggests.' P.J.C. Harris, Agriculture and Horticulture, 2003. 'This book is both highly informatie and great fun. It is a classic 'did you know?' book. If you read it you will not be able to resist asking anyone around you the 'did you know?' question.' P.J.C. Harris, Agriculture and Horticulture, 2003. 'This is a book that should also interest the wider general public....every school and college, from primary schools to universities, in every country of the world should buy a copy for its library immediately. This publication should become an institution and I should like to be looking forward to an updated The Atlas of Food 2005.' P.J.C. Harris, Agriculture and Horticulture, 2003.

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Food - how it's produced, processed, sold and consumed - affects us all. It is crucial not just to our personal health and welfare, but to the health and welfare of all nations, many depending on agriculture to survive. With global population heading towards 9 billion and chronic famine and poverty affecting a huge number, the issues covered in this atlas could not be more important. It traces the food chain and show how it is affected by history, politics, natural events, lifestyles and eating habits. It looks at how food is traded, the operations of the market, the uses of technology including GM food, and the impacts on consumers, farmers and manufacturers around the world. The reader will come away with a clear grasp of the issues, the contending pressures and interests, and the options for the future. Winner of the Andre Simon Memorial Fund Award for the best book on food 2003.

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