Summary of The End of Plenty

The Race to Feed a Crowded World

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The End of Plenty book summary
Compelling report on agriculture and food security says 33% of food is trashed while hunger persists.

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National Geographic writer Joel K. Bourne Jr. presents a fascinating, albeit somber, overview of the current state of agriculture and food security. He reports that business and politics, as much as science, influence the planet’s ability to feed its burgeoning population adequately. Bourne has clear ethical positions; he is neither political nor polemical. He offers an in-depth examination of crucial agricultural challenges, demonstrating a finely honed balance between sweeping observations and instructive specific examples. Bourne makes agronomy and its pioneers, critics and attendant industries come alive. getAbstract recommends his insights to government leaders, NGO activists, academics, and anyone interested in the availability of food or water.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How agronomy increases food production
  • How the green revolution brought both surplus food and hunger to the developing world
  • What actions can reduce world hunger
 

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Agronomy
Agronomy merges “soil and plant science” to further “row crop production.” Everything you eat stems from the discoveries and practices of agronomy. Cities exist because rural areas provide foodstuffs by conducting industrial farming on an immense scale. Agronomic advances since...
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About the Author

A writer for National Geographic, Joel K. Bourne Jr. holds a BS degree in agronomy and graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.


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    Victoria Littlefield 3 weeks ago
    there's no real news here - not worth spending the time on
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    YoungGwan Kim 2 months ago
    thanks for great summary

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