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Outgrowing the earth : the food security challenge in the age of falling water tables and rising temperatures

Author: Lester R Brown; Earth Policy Institute.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., ©2004.
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Environmental analyst Lester R. Brown documents the ways In which human demands are outstripping the earth's natural capacities--and how the resulting environmental damage is undermining food production.--From publisher description.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lester R Brown; Earth Policy Institute.
ISBN: 0393060705 9780393060706 0393327256 9780393327250
OCLC Number: 57478346
Description: xvi, 239 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Pushing beyond the earth's limits --
Stopping at seven billion --
Moving up the food chain efficiently --
Raising the earth's productivity --
Protecting cropland --
Stabilizing water tables --
Stabilizing climate --
Reversing China's harvest decline --
The Brazilian dilemma --
Redefining security. 1. Pushing beyond the earth's limits --
Losing agricultural momentum --
Growth : the environmental fallout --
Two new challenges --
The Japan syndrome --
The China factor --
The challenge ahead --
2. Stopping at seven billion --
A new demographic era --
Population, land, and conflict --
The demographic transition --
The demographic bonus --
Two success stories --
Eradicating poverty, stabilizing population --
3. Moving up the food chain efficiently --
Up the food chain --
Shifting protein sources --
Oceans and rangelands --
The soybean factor --
New protein models --
4. Raising the earth's productivity --
Trends and contrasts --
Fertilizer and irrigation --
The shrinking backlog of technology --
Future options --
5. Protecting cropland --
Losing soil and fertility --
Advancing deserts --
Converting cropland to other uses --
Conserving topsoil --
Saving cropland --
6. Stabilizing water tables --
Falling water tables --
Rivers running dry --
Cities versus farms --
Scarcity crossing national boundaries --
Raising water productivity --
7. Stabilizing climate --
Rising temperatures, falling yields --
Temperature trends and effects --
Raising energy efficiency --
Turning to renewable energy sources --
8. Reversing China's harvest decline --
Grainland shrinking --
An aquacultural initiative --
Water shortages spreading --
Turning abroad for grain --
A new food strategy --
9. The Brazilian dilemma --
World's leading source of soybeans --
Feed supplier for the world? --
Meat exports climbing --
Domestic demand growing --
Expansion : the risks and costs --
10. Redefining security --
The tightening food supply --
The politics of food scarcity --
Stabilizing the resource base --
A complex challenge.
Responsibility: Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute.

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Environmental analyst Lester R. Brown documents the ways In which human demands are outstripping the earth's natural capacities--and how the resulting environmental damage is undermining food production.--From publisher description.

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