Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Jessica Eise, Ken Foster
    Pages 1-4
  3. Brigitte S. Waldorf
    Pages 5-23
  4. Laura C. Bowling, Keith A. Cherkauer
    Pages 24-45
  5. Otto Doering, Ann Sorensen
    Pages 46-58
  6. Jeff Dukes, Thomas W. Hertel
    Pages 59-76
  7. Uris Baldos
    Pages 77-93
  8. Michael Gunderson, Ariana Torres, Michael Boehlje, Rhonda Phillips
    Pages 94-114
  9. Thomas W. Hertel
    Pages 115-131
  10. Ken Foster
    Pages 132-147
  11. Steven Y. Wu
    Pages 148-164
  12. Nicole J. Olynk Widmar
    Pages 165-175
  13. Jessica Eise
    Pages 176-188
  14. Gerald Shively
    Pages 189-206
  15. Jessica Eise, Ken Foster
    Pages 207-216
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 217-249

About this book


By 2050, we will have ten billion mouths to feed in a world profoundly altered by environmental change. How can we meet this challenge? In How to Feed the World, a diverse group of experts from Purdue University break down this crucial question by tackling big issues one-by-one. Covering population, water, land, climate change, technology, food systems, trade, food waste and loss, health, social buy-in, communication, and, lastly, the ultimate challenge of achieving equal access to food, the book reveals a complex web of factors that must be addressed in order to reach global food security.
 How to Feed the World unites contributors from different perspectives and academic disciplines, ranging from agronomy and hydrology to agricultural economy and communication. Hailing from Germany, the Philippines, the U.S., Ecuador, and beyond, the contributors weave their own life experiences into their chapters, connecting global issues to our tangible, day-to-day existence. Across every chapter, a similar theme emerges: these are not simple problems, yet we can overcome them. Doing so will require cooperation between farmers, scientists, policy makers, consumers, and many others.
The resulting collection is an accessible but wide-ranging look at the modern food system. Readers will not only get a solid grounding in key issues, but be challenged to investigate further and contribute to the paramount effort to feed the world.


modern food systems global food security population water land climate change food waste and loss social buy-in

Editors and affiliations

  • Jessica Eise
    • 1
  • Kenneth Alan Foster
    • 2
  1. 1.West LafayetteUSA
  2. 2.Purdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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