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Outgrowing the Earth: The Food Security Challenge in an Age of Falling Water Tables and Rising Temperatures

By: Lester R Brown

239 pages, Figs, tabs


Hardback | Dec 2005 | #151655 | ISBN: 1844071855
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As populations expand and individual incomes rise, demands on the natural support systems of many economies are generating ecological deficits. In scores of countries, converging ecological deficits are undermining local economies on an unprecedented scale. In this book, the award-winning environmental analyst Lester R. Brown and his colleagues examine the economic costs of these ecological deficits.

The book begins with an in-depth examination of the effect of ecological deficits on China, where a combination of overploughing, overgrazing, overcutting, and overpumping is creating a dust bowl of historic dimensions. It assesses the global food prospect and how to eliminate soil and water deficits, and then turns its attention to the destabilizing climate, and how to restructure the energy economy, reduce carbon emissions and fix the market in order to achieve environmental sustainability.

'The book proposes that the challenge of feeding the world is at least as much about energy, water, climate and population. This view is no more than we should expect from Lester Brown, whose forte, eloquently expressed in the course of writing dozens of books over the past four decades, is to emphasise the links that connect all our development sectors, sometimes obviously, sometimes covertly, often crucially.' Times Higher Education Supplement' Lester Brown advances our thinking on the food-security issues that the world will be wrestling with for years to come.' Sustain 'The book should be bought just to demonstrate how good arguments are put together.' Paul Ganderton '[I]t will be an instant classic.' E. O. Wilson Praise for Eco-Economy '[A] lucid and wide-ranging examination of how we can save our forests, grow rich on power generated from wind and sun, halt global warming and heal the ozone layer.' New Scientist 'Highly interesting.' Helmut Schmidt, former Chancellor of Germany '[A] marvellous and inspiring book!' Bi? rge Brende, Minister of Environment, Norway 'The book should be bought just to demonstrate how good arguments are put together.' Paul Ganderton Praise for the Author 'Widely respected environmental political thinker Lester Brown ... writes powerfully and accessibly, and is eminently readable.' Times Higher Education Supplement


Pushing Beyond the Earth's Limits; Stopping at 7 Billion; Moving up the Food Chain Efficiently; Towards a More Productive Earth; Protecting Cropland; Stabilizing Water Tables; Stabilizing Climate Quickly; Reversing China's Harvest Decline; The Brazilian Potential; Redefining Security; Bibliography

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Lester R. Brown, founder of the Worldwatch Institute, is President of the Earth Policy Institute and author or co-author of 49 books including Eco-Economy (2003) and Beyond Malthus (2000)

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