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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: London ; Sterling, Va. : Earthscan, 2005.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Historically, food security was the responsibility of ministries of agriculture but that has changed over the years: decisions made in ministries of energy may instead have the greatest effect on the  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Lester R Brown; Earth Policy Institute.
ISBN: 9781844071852 1844071855 9781849772112 1849772118 6610475288 9786610475285
OCLC Number: 123470171
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 239 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Cover --
Acknowledgements --
Contents --
Preface --
Chapter 1: Pushing Beyond the Earth's Limits --
Losing Agricultural Momentum --
Growth: The Environmental Fallout --
Two New Challenges --
Tha Japan Syndrome --
The China Factor --
The Challenge Ahead --
Chapter 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 --
Chapter 3: Moving Up the Food Chain Efficiently --
Up the Food Chain --
Shifting Protein Sources --
Oceans and Rangelands --
The Soybean Factor --
New Protein Models --
Chapter 4: Raising the Earth's Productivity --
Trends and Contrasts --
Fertilizer and Irrigation --
The Shrinking Backlog of Technology --
Future Options --
Chapter 5: Protecting Cropland --
Losing Soil and Fertility --
Advancing Deserts --
Converting Cropland to Other Uses --
Conserving Topsoil --
Saving Cropland --
Chapter 6: Stabilizing Water Tables --
Falling Water Tables --
Rivers Running Dry --
Cities Versus Farms --
Scarcity Crossing National Boundaries --
Raising River Productivity --
Chapter 7: Stabilizing Climate --
Rising Temperatures, Falling Yields --
Temperature Trends and Effects --
Raising Energy Efficiency --
Turning to Renewable Energy Sources --
Chapter 8: Reversing China's Harvest Decline --
Grainland Shrinking --
An Aquacultural Initiative --
Water Shortages Spreading --
Turning Abroad for Grain --
A New Food Strategy --
Chapter 9: The Brazilian Dilemma --
World's Leading Source of Soybeans --
Food Supplier for the World? --
Meat Exports Climbing --
Domestic Demand Growing --
Expansion: The Risks and Costs --
Chapter 10: Redefining Security --
The Tightening Fod Supply --
The Politics of Food Scarcity --
Stabilizing the Resource Base --
The Complex Challenge --
Notes --
Index.
Responsibility: Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute.

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