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Outgrowing the Earth: The Food Security Challenge in an Age of Falling Water Tables and Rising Temperatures

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Ever since 9/11, many have considered al Queda to be the leading threat to global security, but falling water tables in countries that contain more than half the world's people and rising temperatures worldwide pose a far more serious threat. Spreading water shortages and crop-withering heat waves are shrinking grain harvests in more and more countries, making it difficult ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by W. W. Norton & Company
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Brown writes in this book that the economy is growing far too quickly for our planet to meet the economy’s natural resource demands. Most prominently, climate change coupled with unprecedented and unsustainable consumption of resources is a serious threat to food security. Brown presents three steps needed to correct this problem: raise water productivity, cut carbon emissions and stabilize the population.
Crystal
Even though this book is now a couple years old (2004 I think)I still found it to be vitally important to understanding the economic impact of climate change, growing population and falling water tables. Lester Brown writes like a teacher, and he teaches well.
Anna
Includes a smattering of statistics, which may require one to stop and process all the numbers into context but, it was educational. Bottom line: food shortage crisis is impending! He provides some of his ideas on solutions.
Tom Gauthier
Lots of statistics about conventional food production world-wide, exposing some very worrisome trends.
Joel Roberts
chock full of troubling stats. a little repetitive, but an informative read.
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Lester Russell Brown is an American environmentalist, founder of the Worldwatch Institute, and founder and president of the Earth Policy Institute, a nonprofit research organization based in Washington, D.C. BBC Radio commentator Peter Day calls him "one of the great pioneer environmentalists."

In the mid-1970s, Brown helped pioneer the concept of sustainable development, during a career that start
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