SOCIAL SCIENCES

The Fate of Food: What We’ll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World

Harmony: Crown. Jun. 2019. 352p. illus. notes. index. ISBN 9780804189033. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780804189057. SOC SCI
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There is no question that by the middle of the century how we grow and process our food will be vastly different from how we do it at present. Earth’s population will be substantially larger, and our climate, given recent noticeable temperature changes, will be appreciably warmer. Seeking to examine how our world will react and deal with this oppressive reality is the focus of this timely work from Little (journalism, Vanderbilt Univ.), who researches what will have to be done to adapt in this new environment. The author’s exploration of drought-tolerant super grains such as morgina and kernza seems to hold much promise, as do various efforts to desalinate water and the lengths taken by government entities and private companies to reduce food waste. While much of what Little discusses is cause for alarm, including the myopic use of water and the unbelievable amount of food wasted in affluent countries, she does give reasons for optimism. Humans, if nothing else, are able to overcome challenges by manipulating the world around us—especially in terms of our diets.
VERDICT An informative, highly recommended read that touches on every relevant area of the subject and will have wide appeal

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