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Every person on our home planet is affected by a worldwide deluge of man-made chemicals and pollutants - most of which have never been tested for safety. Our chemical emissions are six times larger than our total greenhouse gas emissions. They are in our food, our water, the air we breathe, our homes and workplaces, the things we use each day. This universal poisoning affects our minds, our bodies, our genes, our grandkids, and all life on Earth. Julian Cribb describes the full scale of the chemical catastrophe we have unleashed. He proposes a new Human Right - not to be poisoned. He maps an empowering and hopeful way forward: to rid our planet of these toxins and return Earth to the clean, healthy condition which our forebears enjoyed, and our grandchildren should too.
Food, land and water as triggers for future wars. Resource scarcity: decline in availability of water and soil for food production and risk of conflict. Food demand rising while resource base shrinks. Climate change as a threat multiplier. Warning of future global food crises. Emerging global food-war cycle.
None of the world’s megacities can feed themselves. Food chain risks pose imminent threat of starvation. Solutions to urban food risk. Climate-proof food supplies. Examples of novel urban food production systems. The importancve of ‘urban permaculture’. Rewilding and farmers as ‘Stewards of the Earth’. Developing wise consumers.
2500 conflicts, 40 wars, in first two decades of C21st. Role of hunger in conflict. Eco-wars and their prevention. The global cost of war. A better use for world arms budgets. Food spending as defence spending. A plan for peace through food.
The human existential emergency: describes the 10 intersecting threats to the human future and the role/impact of food in each. Calls for cross-cutting solutions for all ten issues. Learning to think as a species.Women ‘must lead’ in all spheres of human activity.
Key recommendations of the book. Develop a sustainable, nourishing and resilient global food system founded on ecological or regenerative farming, aquaculture, and urban food production. Replan all of the Earth’s cities so that they recycle all their nutrients and water back into food production and fertile soil, have a sustainable, climate-proof local source of food year-round, and are based on permaculture principles. Re-allocate 20 per cent of world military spending to ‘peace through food’. Understand that sustainable food investment is defence spending, can reduce tensions and so prevent many wars from starting in the first place, and avoid vast movements of refugees which may otherwise overwhelm other regions, countries and cultures. Rewild half the planet through a global movement led by small farmers, former farmers and indigenous peoples, known as Stewards of the Earth, to end the Sixth Extinction of life on Earth. Raise a new generation of food-aware children, who understand how to eat healthily and sustainably, through a Year of Food in every junior school on the planet. Put women in charge of business, politics, government, religion and society for the sake of human civilisation and its survival in the century of its greatest peril.
Are conventional farming systems sustainable? Their impact on climate, global chemical pollution, human health, wildlife extinction and collapse of agro-ecosystems. Novel approaches to farming and food production.
Survey of recent and ongoing food wars and drivers. List of hotspots for potential future conflicts in order of risk. Key role of water in conflict risk. Impact of nuclear conflict on global food security. Risk of > 1 billion migrants and refugees. Food, land and water as key global securioty issues.
Ours is the Age of Food. Food is a central obsession in all cultures, nations, the media, and society. Our future supply of food is filled with risk, and history tells us that lack of food leads to war. But it also presents us with spectacular opportunities for fresh human creativity and technological prowess. Julian Cribb describes a new food system capable of meeting our global needs on this hot and overcrowded planet. This book is for anyone concerned about the health, safety, affordability, diversity, and sustainability of their food - and the peace of our planet. It is not just timely - its message is of the greatest urgency. Audiences include consumers, 'foodies', policymakers, researchers, cooks, chefs and farmers. Indeed, anyone who cares about their food, where it comes from and what it means for them, their children and grandchildren.
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