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Feeding the World


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An extremely important and well-done book, produced by one of the few people in the world with the global and interdisciplinary professional breadth to write it. -- Dennis T. Avery, Center for Global Food Issues, Hudson Institute Rich in facts, balanced in its analysis, and well-written, Smil's book is awelcome relief from the doomsday literature that has dominated the field forfar too long. -- Gerhard K. Heilig, Senior Research Scholar, International Institute forApplied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria This work is based on the best available empirical evidence, and it presents, in my opinion, a balanced and science-based assessment of the future world food and environment situation. The topic addressed is extremely important for current and future generations. Much of the existing literature is ideologically biased. This book is not. -- Per Pinstrup-Andersen, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute Smil has written a remarkably broad and thorough book. Its extensive factual analysis is enlivened by evaluative opinions. While not everyone will agree with all his arguments, all will find the exposition highly informative, valuable, and challenging. -- Norman Uphoff, Director, Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development Once again Vaclav Smil's assiduous smithing of numbers and interpretation of results profoundly inform us as we deliberate on how to buy time in a hungry world. -- Wes Jackson, The Land Institute

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Vaclav Smil is Distinguished Professor of Geography at the University of Manitoba, Canada. He is the author of many books, including Enriching the Earth: Fritz Haber, Carl bosch, and the Transformation of World Food Production (MIT Press, 2000). In 2001 he received the Award for Public Understanding of Science and Technology from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


"Feeding the World is a refreshing addition to the substantial body of literature on the future of the world's food supply." - Michael B. Cohen, American Scientist

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