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Paul Roberts (1) (1961–)

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Paul Roberts is a regular contributor to Harper's Magazine, for which he has written about the timber industry, the auto industry, and the destruction of the Florida Everglades. A longtime observer of both business and environmental issues, Roberts is an expert on the complex interplay of vis mere economics, technology, and the environment. He lives in Leavenworth, Washington vis mindre
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The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous New World (1997) — Forfatter — 648 eksemplarer
The End of Food (2008) 469 eksemplarer

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Do you really want to know? Sustainable food production looks rather bleak.
autumnesf | 9 andre anmeldelser | May 9, 2023 |
Exceptional. Even approaching two decades old it still feels quite relevant. In light of what he debated was to come, it is all the more alarming. If anything, this book should be even more of a call to action than it was when it was first released.
theskullscholar | 4 andre anmeldelser | Mar 24, 2020 |
An interesting, and some-what worrying look at the emergence, ultimate costs and short-term benefits of large-scale food production over the world and the coming crisis in the world food industry. A bit USA-centric. This isn't a "fun' book to read, but it is informative and fairly well-written.
ElentarriLT | 9 andre anmeldelser | Mar 24, 2020 |
This book definitely has an agenda, but was packed with interesting information about the production of food and the supply chains that keep supermarkets filled with food. And the description of a system that may be on the brink of collapse. One thing I think should have been included but was not was a discussion of how our pollinators are in danger from habitat loss, climate change, and the heavy use of pesticides. There are parts of China with such high residues of pesticides that bees are locally extinct and the farmers must hand-pollinate their fruit trees. In [b:Fruitless Fall: The Collapse of the Honey Bee and the Coming Agricultural Crisis|3507618|Fruitless Fall The Collapse of the Honey Bee and the Coming Agricultural Crisis|Rowan Jacobsen|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1388522623l/3507618._SY75_.jpg|3549288], there was an interesting discussion of how colony collapse disorder may be more of a response to shipping bees around the county to pollinate huge monocultures than an actual disease. I actually think this is at least as much of a danger to our food supply as the things discussed in the book, because while our principal cereal grains are wind-pollinated, most of our vegetable, fruit, and nut producing plants require pollinators to produce at all. Of the ones that can self-pollinate, they will do so only as a last resort and will experience a severe reduction in both yield and quantity. If a reduction in meat consumption (as advocated by this book) is to be at all successful, we've got to get serious about protecting our pollinators. This issue needs a great deal more attention than it's gotten, and I think a book like this should have included it.

I also think some more of the issues surrounding organic agriculture should have been discussed, as well as the increasing loss of genetic diversity among our food crops and animals. The loss of pollinators and the continued loss of genetic diversity are at least as large of a threat to the current system as anything discussed in the book, but they weren't discussed at all. That's not to say the issues described in the book aren't serious, because they are, but simply that there are even more problems that are every bit as serious in the long run that also need to be discussed.
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Jennifer708 | 9 andre anmeldelser | Mar 21, 2020 |



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