Human Ecology

, Volume 40, Issue 4, pp 655–656 | Cite as

Julian Cribb: The Coming Famine: The Global Food Crisis and What We Can Do to Avoid It

Berkeley, CA: University of California Press 2011. ISBN 978-0-520-27123-4, price $50 (hardback) $11.68 (paperback) xi + 247 pages, index
  • Oscar A. Forero

In this comprehensive volume, Julian Cribb analyzes the most important causes and drivers of global food insecurity in his effort to define a comprehensive strategy of food security. Without such a policy a deeper crisis is likely, with famine triggering massive migration of desperate, hungry and angry people across the world. Cribb provides advice to readers, mainly as individual consumers but to a certain extent also as global citizens, about what can be done to address the problems he identifies.

The book is written in a journalistic style, with provocative chapter titles such as “Troubled Waters,” “Pick Land,” “Eating Oil” and “Elephants in the Kitchen,” which helps to draw in his targeted audience, the general interested public seeking to be informed about the current concerns surrounding global food insecurities. The book would also be useful to undergraduate students interested in food security and related topics, such as land and natural resource management, human ecology,...


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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cesagen-Lancaster UniversityLancasterUK
  2. 2.CeDEP – SOASUniversity of LondonLondonUK

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