“The era of cheap, abundant food is over.”


There’s a lot more to say about this, and I’ll be saying as much of it as I can in the next few months (and years, I suppose), but my review of Julian Cribb’s The Coming Famine is an opening salvo. The book is convincing, scary, and filled with details about things that most readers of this blog – and most people who consider themselves “substainabilists,” to use an impossible word – already know, at least in broad strokes.

I’m not saying “buy this book,” though it reads pretty well, especially for something so dense. I’m saying it addresses issues to which attention must be paid. The sad thing is that if you’re reading this you probably are already paying attention.


6 thoughts on ““The era of cheap, abundant food is over.”

  1. I agree. It is good to project where things could go, but these things are never straightforward. Plus, I also suspect anyone who uses the word "cheap": I wonder if there is a form of Puritanism beneath it. I’d like to know more about this book and it’s ideas.

  2. tDR make s a key point — there have been convincing / compelling "apocalyptic" claims for going on 40 years now, and hunger has gone down (although still far too high), food prices down, etc. "This time is different!"Not saying things won’t change, but worth noting that as a starting point for discussions like this.

  3. Well, true, those dire predictions may not have entirely played out, but I think we’d all have to agree that it’s critical to continue the conversation about these issues. If there’s been any progress at all, it’s because, as MB says, some of us are paying attention. It’s worth a look at books like these, even if they overstate the problem.

  4. Impact of fast food into China and elsewhere? Very scary stuff. Not only the stress on the food supply but the health consequences!

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