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The Fate of Food is a tremendous piece from award winning environmental journalist Amanda Little and explores novel ideas and advancements we may have to take up given the world population is constantly rising and we are also facing threats to the planet such as global warming which will have a big impact on our food production capabilities What we need is a sustainable way of producing food and the race to discover it is on This is intensely thought provoking and written in a relaxed, conversational style which held my attention well and was both informative and entertaining.Ms Little details various methods to overcome these issues throughout the book and the ideas and information is solid and interesting It opened my eyes to problems and possible solutions to the crisis we are now heading towards, and it is clear that Little has extensive knowledge of the subject as well as being incredibly passionate about it Some of the methods are than a little contentious, but this is a superb book that grapples with ideas we may need to seriously consider implementing in the future Topical and highly informative, I learned a lot about agriculture and surrounding issues Many thanks to Oneworld Publications for an ARC. This book was sent to me free of charge in return for an honest review Although this book is not an easy read it is very informative and current I appreciated the fact that it wasn t all doom and gloom about the current state and future of our food Indeed, the reader will learn of many new techniques, many using technology, which will sustain our food system into the future I also thought the author s inclusion of photos not only helped with her explanation of processes and technology but also livened up the book. I was half expecting another doom and gloom book about how global climate change and big ag and their chemicals, pesticides and GMOs are destroying the Earth There was some of that but this book contained so much It is a well researched look at what is being developed to help cope with our changing world and how we grow and provide food for our burgeoning population Amanda Little s writing style is very readable it s in depth as she covers each topic but not dry or overly scientific I found it all very interesting and really learned quite a bit Things are definitely hopeful for the future I received an arc of this new book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Many thanks to the author for this important information.
The first way is the crummy way that we ve always done things wasteful, exploitive, short sighted, brainless.The second way is an attempt to remedy the first way by the joyless application of a thousand new rules, regulations, and prohibitions, to the point of criminalizing acting with normal levels of human self interest.The third way is, apparently, the unleashing of profit driven creativity and new technology to remedy the problems created by the first way.Will the third way actually work I just finished reading a different good book that basically said that the third way is a bunch of pie in the sky poppycock Since I tend to agree with the last smart person I talked to, I was somewhat skeptical of the repeated invocations of the third way in the book I am reviewing here However, the previous book also said that the rich people of the world needed to understand that they had to take less from the rest of us, a mass realization that seems unlikely to get any real traction in the foreseeable future, absent a wave of organized mass murder.This is a book that chronicles a bunch of third way solutions for problems which, in a reasonable world than our own, would not be necessary, because we would have already gotten together and agreed not to foul our own nests any than we have done already Since the human race is apparently incapable of doing this, however, third way solutions may be the best of the bad remaining options.So, for example First way Nine billion mouths to feed.Second way Force rich people to pay for food than poor people.Third way Genetically modified foods.First way Spray a crapload of weedkiller on everything.Second way Forbid weedkiller, live with food shortagesThird way Invent a robot that can kill weeds while leaving useful crops alone.First way Screw up the environment so that we cannot grow things outside.Second way Move food production to hospitable climates, invading them if necessary.Third way Create food that will grow food inside.First way Eat meat a lot.Second way Count on prohibitive cost to limit demandThird way Grow meat in a laboratoryFirst way Throw away a lot of food needlessly.Second way A patchwork of foodbanks and well meaning individuals.Third way Spraying stuff on food to make it appealing looking for longer.First way Fail to maintain a literally leaky infrastructure that loses an astounding quantity of water on its way to your faucet.Second way Pay higher taxes, dig up streets ceaselesslyThird way Be Israel.First way Depend on rain from clouds.Second way Shake your head sadly over increased rates of farmer suicides.Third way Seed clouds not actually an effective solution.First way Feed soldiers from mobile kitchens.Second way Meals, Ready to eat.Third way Print food on a 3 D printer.I liked this book It had interesting ideas, and seemed to say that all was not lost.The wisdom in this book seemed to be similar to the wisdom that I read in other books, which comforts me because it helps me believe that the wisdom is actually wisdom and not just wishful thinking For example, some of the ideas in the chapter on water overlapped with the ideas in another good book I read on the topic I chose to believe that, instead of the two authors being joined in a conspiracy to pull the wool over the eyes of a doomed world, they had researched the topic of the future of water mindfully and independently of each other, and had reach similar, cautiously optimistic conclusions.A fun fact no food safety outbreak in the United States has ever been traced to a food being consumed past its sell by date Kindle location 3168 A fun quote from a social psychologist Accepting recycled wastewater is kind of like being asked to wear Hitler s sweater No matter how many times you clean the sweater, you just can t take the Hitler out of it Kindle location 3509.A less fun, but interesting, quote from a high tech food entrepreneur Food is the fossil fuel of human energy It is an enormous market full of waste, regulation, and biased allocation with serious geopolitical implications Kindle location 4267.And a final word from the author herself It s far likely than not that there will be enough food for all of us, and that we ll protect and preserve our food traditions Kindle location 4325.I was given a free of charge egalley copy of this book for review Thank you to Netgalley and Crown Publishing for their generosity. This book is well written and researched The author traveled far and wide to provide a look into what is currently being developed due to challenges from global warming Each chapter deals with a different topic ranging from reestablishing ancient foods with some modifications, food waste, water, 3 D printed meat to creative crop growth strategies It will be interesting to see which approaches gain momentum over the next few years and provide sustainable and affordable food for large populations.I recomend this book for those looking for information on the future of our food supply in a challenging, changing enviroment.I received a free Kindle copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, and my fiction book review blog I also posted it to my Facebook and Twitter pages. This book describes the evolution of the way we eat food and predicts the direction the world is going in nutrition It had some unexpected viewpoints that GMOs aren t always bad and processed food has its benefits, and I could see the points the author was making I m somewhat of a traditionalist when it comes to food I like the old ways of growing, cooking, and preserving I m a scaredy cat when it comes to the changes we re making in the world of nutrition, and I wish the author had addressed the health side than she did, but I felt that I learned and expanded my viewpoint a bit by reading this book. When most of us in the wealthier pockets of the world think about the negative consequences of global warming, we often fixate on rising sea levels, massive storms, droughts, and other catastrophic weather events that can destroy homes and wipe out populations These concerns are completely warranted, but as Amanda Little illustrates in her insightful new book The Fate of Food, our warming and crowding planet will also pose some large problems to the global food supply across all regions and income levels Food production is forecasted to decline across the next several decades due to drought, changing temperatures, flooding, and less productive land and the world population is projected to 9.8 billion by 2050 In The Fate of Food, Little offers a tour of global food production innovations and highlights the various people, technologies, corporations, and organizations acting to help mitigate these issues and shape the future of what we ll eat in the decades to come.The book is structured around major innovation topics, including vertical farming, farming and harvesting robots, and meats produced in petri dishes Little s quest takes her across the world including stops in Norway, Silicon Valley, and Kenya and this globetrotting allows her to provide a rather comprehensive overview of the future of food across the world and not just limited to WEIRD western, educated, industrialized, rich, and democratic nations, which is especially valuable given the increasing interconnectedness of our global food chain Little, a journalist who has written about energy and the environment for over 15 years, does an outstanding job of distilling complex scientific concepts such as how cloud seeding works and how seesawing temperatures impact crop biology into digestible prose The Fate of Food is also than a science lesson and features some fun facts including that Winston Churchill apparently foresaw the development of cultured meats in petri dishes in 1931 and profiles of some of the quirky and passionate personalities at the frontlines of food innovation including an aspiring Chinese organic food tycoon and Chris Newman, who overcame a tough upbringing in Southeast Washington DC to become a programmer at the Department o Homeland Security and then quite his job and become a permaculture farmer using traditional techniques of food production The title is a bit misleading, as Little showcases efforts to actively change the future of food and a dismal food future is by no means circumscribed The Fate of Food is not a book length warning siren and although Little clearly argues that maintaining the status quo will have some severely negative consequences she also offers up reasons for optimism based on the cutting edge technologies showcased in her writing Given that discussions of topics such as global warming and food consumption can become incendiary and have passions take priority over the facts and peer reviewed scientific research, Little s even handedness is very refreshing She is certainly a concerned global citizen who cares about our food future, but she does not have an agenda to push and she s a realist throughout It is illustrative that Little recounts dalliances with veganism and other movements that ultimately lost out to concerns over cost and convenience and the delicious barbecue of her home state of Tennessee The Fate of Food presents a platform for both sides of the issues on subjects like GMOs and she relies on the opinions of experts and cites respected studies, while also granting exposure to dissenting voices Rather than wholeheartedly endorse traditional farming methods which have issues at scaling affordably or fully putting fate of global food supply in corporations and technocrats, Little advocates for a third way solution that forges a middle ground between groups arguing for the return of traditional food production methods and those advocating for completely technology driven food solutions Additionally, she recognizes that some of these problems are so complex that they often require the sizable budgets of humongous corporations such as Monsanto and Syngenta to properly research though Little is by no means an apologist for these corporations and describes how big business certainly needs to shoulder some heavy blame for some of the problems facing the world food supply The Fate of Food does a strong job at covering most of the major areas in food innovation but I felt that Little could have spent time discussing alternative proteins such as insects and the role of major food corporations such as Nestle and Pepsi in adapting to future sourcing and supply chain issues NGOs and Silicon Valley startups can have a tremendous impact on solving the world s food issues, but the big industrialized food companies will also have a huge role to play given their outsized role in feeding and hydrating the masses Little does devote some pages to chemical companies and interviews the CEO of Tyson Foods but she only scratches the surface of a subject that will be crucial in shaping the future of our food That was really my only slight criticism, however, and I found The Fate of Food quite enjoyable overall Little s book does a fine job of both educating and entertaining and anyone looking to better understand the issues facing the global food supply and the most promising approaches to solving them should check it out 8 10 *DOWNLOAD BOOK ☠ The Fate of Food ↿ In The Fascinating Story Of The Sustainable Food Revolution, An Environmental Journalist And Professor Asks The Question Is The Future Of Food Looking Bleak Or Better Than Ever In The Fate Of Food, Amanda Little Takes Us On A Tour Of The Future The Journey Is Scary, Exciting, And, Ultimately, Encouraging Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Of The Sixth ExtinctionClimate Models Show That Global Crop Production Will Decline Every Decade For The Rest Of This Century Due To Drought, Heat, And Flooding Water Supplies Are In Jeopardy Meanwhile, The World S Population Is Expected To Grow Another Percent By Midcentury So How, Really, Will We Feed Nine Billion People Sustainably In The Coming Decades Amanda Little, A Professor At Vanderbilt University And An Award Winning Journalist, Spent Three Years Traveling Through A Dozen Countries And As Many US States In Search Of Answers To This Question Her Journey Took Her From An Apple Orchard In Wisconsin To A Remote Control Organic Farm In Shanghai, From Norwegian Fish Farms To Famine Stricken Regions Of EthiopiaThe Race To Reinvent The Global Food System Is On, And The Challenge Is Twofold We Must Solve The Existing Problems Of Industrial Agriculture While Also Preparing For The Pressures Ahead Through Her Interviews And Adventures With Farmers, Scientists, Activists, And Engineers, Little Tells The Fascinating Story Of Human Innovation And Explores New And Old Approaches To Food Production While Charting The Growth Of A Movement That Could Redefine Sustainable Food On A Grand Scale She Meets Small Permaculture Farmers And Big Food Executives, Botanists Studying Ancient Superfoods And Kenyan Farmers Growing The Country S First GMO Corn She Travels To Places That Might Seem Irrelevant To The Future Of Food Yet Surprisingly Play A Critical Role A California Sewage Plant, A US Army Research Lab, Even The Inside Of A Monsoon Cloud Above Mumbai Little Asks Tough Questions Can GMOs Actually Be Good For The Environment And For Us Are We Facing The End Of Animal Meat What Will It Take To Eliminate Harmful Chemicals From Farming How Can A Clean, Climate Resilient Food Supply Become Accessible To All Throughout Her Journey, Little Finds And Shares A Deeper Understanding Of The Threats Of Climate Change And Encounters A Sense Of Awe And Optimism About The Lessons Of Our Past And The Scope Of Human Ingenuity Unless you ve been living under a rock willfully or otherwise , you know that we re in big trouble in regards to climate change, global population, and the unsustainable food system we currently use One of the reasons I like to read post apocalyptic fiction is because I want to see what the world might look like in the future, how humans might survive But no one actually knows what the future will be like until we get there Are we better off looking for new ways to feed our ever growing global population in rapidly shrinking agricultural space or returning to an older way of raising food with less environmental destruction As someone observing this debate for years, I ve come to see it s not serving us well at all, and to wonder Why must it be so binary Why can t we do some version of both It seems to me there can there mustbe a synthesis of the two approaches Our challenge is to borrow from the wisdom of the ages and from our most advanced technologies to forge a kind of third way to food production Such an approach would allow us to improve harvests while restoring, rather than degrading, the underlying web of life.While Ms Little can t provide a definite answer as to what we ll eat in a world transformed by climate change, she does offer an overview of some of the food developments taking place around the world, from drought resistant seeds to rediscovered ancient plants, from lab meats to farmed fish. Disclaimer I got this book from the publisher via a goodreads giveway.and it is the first of those that received a 5 star rating I read, as a food engineer, pretty much anything related to food Most books are polarizing, one sided to drive a very controversial opinion home not this one.This book it written like a travel journal On her journey, Amanda encounters challenges in the food supply chain drought, food waste, basically 1 for each of the 13 chapters and looks at how we try to address the challenge mostly via engineering , and the consequences of these solutions At the end of it, there are no clear winners or losers, no good or bad, and the reader can form their own opinion on the hottest and most controversial topics in the food industry based on very neutral writing and great journalistic performance