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Who Eats What, Where and Why

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The Atlas of Food

Who Eats What, Where and Why
By Erik Millstone and Tim Lang
Second Edition

Impressive and far-ranging, an extremely useful and comprehensive, if disturbing, read.'
Financial Times

September 2008 • 128 pages • 246 x 189mm • ISBN 9781844074990

About this book

Now completely updated, this award-winning atlas maps every link of the food chain, from farming, production and retail to the food on our plates. It also investigates how, in an era of new technologies, globalized food trade and even plentiful supply, millions remain hungry.

Topics include:
* Prices and Shortages
* Malnutrition
* Dietary Changes and Increasing Obesity
* Climate Change Impacts
* Industrial Farming
* Live Animal Trade
* GM Crops
* Fertilizers and Pesticides
* Organic Farming
* Land Rights
* Trade Justice
* Fast Food and Additives

Review Quotes

'Fascinating and comprehensive.'
New Agriculturist

'This splendid presentation of deeply worrying data and trends should be a wake-up call.'
Times Higher Education Supplement

'An extraordinarily clear basis for understanding the underlying issues, this vital study clearly shows how threatened the security of the food supply chain has become in a globally interconnected world.'

'A unique and easily accessible insight into the way our world food system works. This splendid presentation of deeply worrying data and trends should be a wake-up call.'
Times Higher Education Supplement

'A remarkable book that reveals with devastating clarity the bizarre way the world feeds itself. The quest to find out just what's happening to our food is no longer a journey without maps.'
The Food Programme, BBC Radio 4

'A fascinating book which gives global perspective on food and its production and supply... extremely well illustrated with maps and graphs.'
Nutrition and Food Science

'The Atlas of Food provides an authoritative account of the food chain.'
Food Manufacture

'This is a terrific resource for those who want to know all about how the world feeds itseld, who produces what and where it goes. A comprehensive study.'
Health Food Business

About the Author(s)

Erik Millstone is Professor of Science Policy at the University of Sussex, UK. He has been working on food-related issues since the mid-1970s and is the author of Food Additives; Additives: A Guide for Everyone; Our Genetic Future; Lead and Public Health and BSE: Risk, Science and Governance, as well as numerous journal and magazine articles on the politics of food and health. He is currently working on a project concerned with reconciling improved food production for poor farmers in developing countries with environmental sustainability, as part of the STEPs centre.
Tim Lang is Professor of Food Policy at City University's Centre for Food Policy in London. He studies how policy affects the shape of the food supply chain, what people eat, and the societal, health, and environmental outcomes. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, a Vice-President of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and a regular consultant to the World Health Organization and other governmental and non-governmental public bodies. Since 2006, he has been Land Use and Natural Resources Commissioner on the UK Government's Sustainable Development Commission. He is co-author of Food Wars and The Unmanageable Consumer, and is widely credited as coining the term 'food miles'.



Part I: Contemporary Challenges
Current Concerns
Feeding the World
Unequal Distribution
Environmental Challenges
Water Pressure
Nutritional Deficiencies

Part II: Farming
Industrial Livestock Production
Animal Feed
Animal Diseases
Agricultural R&D
Genetically Modified Crops
Working the Land
Land Ownership
Urban Farming
Fishing and Aquaculture
Agricultural Biodiversity
Organic Farming
Greenhouse Gases

Part III: Trade - Trade Flows
Live Animal Transport
Subsidized Trade
Trade Disputes
Trade Dependency
Fair Trade

Part IV: Processing, Retailing and Consumption
Staple Foods
Changing Diets
Processing Giants
Retail Power
Organic Food
Food Additives
Eating Out
Fast Food
Advertising and Marketing
Citizens Bite Back

Part V: Data Tables

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