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


By: Erik Millstone and Tim Lang

128 pages, Col photos, figs, tabs, maps


Paperback | Sep 2008 | Edition: 2 | #175475 | ISBN-13: 9781844074990
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Now completely updated, this award-winning atlas maps every link of the food chain, from farming, production and retail to the food on our plates. It also investigates how, in an era of new technologies, globalized food trade and even plentiful supply, millions remain hungry.

Topics include: prices and shortages * malnutrition * dietary changes and increasing obesity * climate change impacts * industrial farming * live animal trade * GM crops * fertilizers and pesticides * organic farming * land rights * trade justice * fast food and additives.

* 'This Atlas is a generous gift to the world community of people who care about food in any of its dimensions. We owe it a great round of applause' Marion Nestle, author of Food Politics * '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 remarkable book that reveals with devastating clarity the bizarre way the world feeds itself' The Food Programme, BBC Radio 4 * 'Impressive and far-ranging... extremely useful' Financial Times * '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


Introduction Part 1: Contemporary Challenges Current Concerns Feeding the World Unequal Distribution Environmental Challenges Water Pressure Nutritional Deficiencies Over-Nutrition Contamination Part 2: Farming Mechanization Industrial Livestock Production Animal Feed Animal Diseases Agricultural R&D Genetically Modified Crops Pesticides Fertilizers Working the Land Land Ownership Urban Farming Fishing and Aquaculture Agricultural Biodiversity Organic Farming Greenhouse Gases Part 3: Trade - Trade Flows Live Animal Transport Subsidized Trade Trade Disputes Trade Dependency Fair Trade Part 4: Processing, Retailing and Consumption Staple Foods Changing Diets Processing Giants Retail Power Organic Food Food Additives Eating Out Fast Food Alcohol Advertising and Marketing Citizens Bite Back Part 5: Data Tables Agriculture Consumption

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Erik Millstone is a Reader in Science Policy at the University of Sussex, UK. His books include Food Additives and Lead and Public Health. Tim Lang is Professor of Food Policy at City University, London, Chair of Sustain and consultant to the World Health Organization. Credited as coining the term 'food miles', he is co-author of The New Protectionism and Food Wars.

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