The End of Plenty: The Race to Feed a Crowded World

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An award-winning environmental journalist introduces a new generation of farmers and scientists on the frontlines of the next green revolution.

When the demographer Robert Malthus (1766-1834) famously outlined the brutal relationship between food and population, he never imagined the success of modern scientific agriculture. In the mid-20th century, an unprecedented agricultural advancement known as the Green Revolution brought hybrid seeds, chemical fertilizers, and improved irrigation that drove the greatest population boom in history—but left ecological devastation in its wake.

In The End of Plenty, award-winning environmental journalist Joel K. Bourne Jr. puts our race to feed the world in dramatic perspective. With a skyrocketing world population and tightening global grain supplies spurring riots and revolutions, humanity must produce as much food in the next four decades as it has since the beginning of civilization to avoid a Malthusian catastrophe. Yet climate change could render half our farmland useless by century's end.

Writing with an agronomist's eye for practical solutions and a journalist's keen sense of character, detail, and the natural world, Bourne takes readers from his family farm to international agricultural hotspots to introduce the new generation of farmers and scientists engaged in the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced. He discovers young, corporate cowboys trying to revive Ukraine as Europe's breadbasket, a Canadian aquaculturist channeling ancient Chinese traditions, the visionary behind the world's largest organic sugar-cane plantation, and many other extraordinary individuals struggling to increase food supplies—quickly and sustainably—as droughts, floods, and heat waves hammer crops around the globe.

Part history, part reportage and advocacy, The End of Plenty is a panoramic account of the future of food, and a clarion call for anyone concerned about our planet.

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JOEL K. BOURNE JR. has a BS in agronomy from North Carolina State University and an MS in journalism from Columbia University. A contributing writer for National Geographic, he has written for Audubon, Science, and Outside, among others. He lives in Wilmington, North Carolina.

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“[A] fascinating narrative...Bourne brings a piercing eye to intransigent problems in food production and alleviation of hunger, leavened by notes of pragmatism and optimism.”
- Jean L. Steiner, Science

“An important read for everyone.”
- Paul R. Ehrlich, co-author of The Dominant Animal

“A thoroughly researched and exceptionally thoughtful and balanced look at the consequences of industrial farming. [Bourne's] book should convince every reader of the compelling need to address world food problems through more skillful and sustainable agronomy, but also through education, especially of women, and universal family planning.”
- Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition, food studies, and public health, New York University, and author of Food Politics

“Reading about the amazing advances being made by developing-world farmers with 'organic' agriculture left me with a vision of the planet we could still create.”
- Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy

“One of the most informative, engaging books on the world food prospect I have ever read.”
- Lester R. Brown, president of Earth Policy Institute, and author of Full Planet, Empty Plates

“In a well-documented and fast-moving manner, Joel Bourne Jr., one of America's foremost experts by virtue of his 'hands-on' experience, education and world travel, clearly depicts a strategic challenge for America's national security in the coming years.”
- Henry H. Shelton, General, US Army (retired), 14th Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff

“Joel Bourne, who grew up working on his family's farm, traveled the world to explore what may be the greatest challenge facing the next generation. The result is calm, lucid―and fascinating.”
- Charles C. Mann, author of 1491 and 1493

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