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Feeding Frenzy traces the history of the global food system and reveals the underlying causes of recent turmoil in food markets Supplies are running short prices keep spiking and the media is full of talk of a world food crisis The turmoil has unleashed some dangerous forces Food producing countries. This is a very solid and informative account of the global food system marred only by an occasional tendency to speculation and the odd bit of indulgence in what might be called apocalypse porn One suspects that the book was partly guided in this respect by the needs of the marketing department of the publisher and by the somewhat excitable atmosphere to be found amongst NGO activistsBut the claim of an unleashing of dangerous forces by turmoil on the blurb the occasionally excessive use of may viz speculation and a degree of normative assertion when it suits should not deter youThe vast bulk of the book is in fact a solid fact based account of how a total system works in clear English and is highly recommended The bits of standard excitability may irritate but you can grit your teeth and go on and it makes up only a small percentage of the wholeMcMahon appears to know his stuff and even to act as a responsible corrective on worse activist hysteria He is measured and thoughtful and I will be keeping this on my bookshelf as a ready reference NB I have a conflict of interest as professional adviser to a major investor in the sector so you should only accept the review in that light

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Are banning exports even if this means starving their neighbors Governments and corporations are scrambling to secure control of food supply chains Powerful groups from the Middle East and Asia are acuiring farmland in poor countries to grow food for export what some call land grabs This raises som. I ve read conflicting reports over the years about the cause of food shortages famines and price hikes but this book provides some plausible answers as to what s really going on with the world s food supply and why One of the essential uestions author Paul McMahon raises has haunted me for some time If the world s population reaches 9 billion people by 2050 as predicted how will everyone be fed This book confirms that far too many people are going without food now but is it because there isn t enough or are other factors at playMcMahon s answer reveals that farming resources food distribution and pricing are far complex issues than most of us realize He says that this planet is capable of feeding 9 billion people but the real issue is whether there is political and economic will to do so especially when self interest seems important than the well being of our neighborsThis is a heavy read with tons of information but the upshot is that we can t take food for granted regardless of where we live Many countries are capable of doing to make the food supply sustainable for everyone The uestion haunting me now is will there be sufficient motivation

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E big uestions Can we continue to feed a burgeoning population Are we running out of land and water Can we rely on free markets to provide This book reveals trends that could lead to hunger and conflict But Paul McMahon also outlines actions that can be taken to shape a sustainable and just food syst. Feeding FrenzyPaul McMahon Author Feeding Frenzy is one of those books that makes you think about something we all take for granted food It looks at the political system that keeps food production at the level it is now and how the system needs to be changed and adapted to cope with the ever increasing population Paul McMahon has obviously put a lot of work and effort into this exhaustively researched book which contains educational facts but still comes across in a way that anyone with a basic knowledge will understand Although at the moment the system is not perfect by any means McMahon argues persuasivley across a number of factors that if there was cooperation between countries governments and farmers there would be enough to go around even if the eventual worldwide population as has been predicted grows to than 9 billion This is a timely excellently written book that seeks to address a number of serious issues There would be much for any group to discuss contained within these pages


10 thoughts on “Feeding Frenzy

  1. says:

    This is a very solid and informative account of the global food system marred only by an occasional tendency to speculation and the odd bit o

  2. says:

    Excellent book bringing together the key strands of the global food system Packed full of relevant facts explanations and examples The first book I've read on the topic it seems to be relatively non idealogical The solutions proposed to the challenges at the end of the book are a little short on specifics but it probably couldn't be any other wayhard to solve global food crisis in a single chapter

  3. says:

    A great book well researched and written It offers solutions and explains the complex interdependencies in the global food supply chain Definitely worth a read

  4. says:

    I’ve read conflicting reports over the years about the cause of food shortages famines and price hikes but this book provides some plausible answers as to what’s really going on with the world’s food supply and why One of the essential uestions author Paul McMahon raises has haunted me for some time If the world’s population reaches 9 billion people by 2050 as predicted how will everyone be fed? This

  5. says:

    Might seem like a dull topic but remained pretty interesting all the way through Not just a list of problems but a sensible set of solutions proposed as well Very balanced and generally plotting a sensible middle course between extreme points of view Can't really fault it in any way

  6. says:

    A dense but mostly engaging read You should be aware that this book is mostly economics with a bit of politics in there ther

  7. says:

    Feeding FrenzyPaul McMahon Author'Feeding Frenzy' is one of those books that makes you think about something we all take for granted food It looks at the political system that keeps food production at the level it is now and how the system needs to be changed and adapted to cope with the ever increasing population Paul McMahon ha

  8. says:

    As good as any non fiction book I've read and far less doomy n gloomy than I was expecting Opened my eyes in many ways on a topic I thought I had a good handle on Well set out well written straightforward and convincingly reassuring account of a complex and concerning issue

  9. says:

    Well researched and with lots of good points Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in the global food security debate

  10. says:

    Rather scary But very well written