Author(s): Paul McMahon
This subject is as big as they come: the world's food supply. Written for a popular audience, Feeding Frenzy traces the history of the global food system and reveals the underlying causes of recent food shortages and price spikes - what the media has labelled a 'world food crisis'. As the tectonic plates of the world food system shift, forces are being unleashed that threaten the security of billions. Food-producing countries are banning exports to benefit their own citizens, even if this means that other countries starve. Most worryingly, they are acquiring huge areas of under-utilised farmland in poorest countries to grow crops for export, often at the expense of local communities. Some of the trends identified in this book are unstoppable. But McMahon also outlines actions that can be taken to lower the risks of conflict and to produce fairer outcomes. It is possible to envisage a more benign scenario, associated with a shift to a sustainable and productive form of agriculture. Which path will the world choose?
A passionate argument that asks 'can the world feed itself?' Comparable to Jared Diamond in its compelling and accessible narrative style.
In this passionately argued book, McMahon states that we already produce enough food to feed nine billion people and that there are vast, untapped areas of fertile arable land Sunday Times An illuminating history FT Revealing ... offers refreshingly ordinary answers Observer
Paul McMahon pursues a varied career in academia, finance and environmental policy. He has also worked as an advisor to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation and spent eighteen months in Indonesia helping the government to plan reconstruction after the tsunami. He recently co-founded SLM Partners LLP, a business that invests in sustainable agriculture across the world. He therefore understands this subject from the inside.