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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (765 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Roberts Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The frightening truth about the modern food system

The bestselling author of The End of Oil turns his attention to food and finds that the system we’ve entrusted with meeting one of our most basic needs is dramatically failing us. With his trademark comprehensive global approach, Paul Roberts investigates the startling truth about the modern food system: the way we make food, market and consume it, and even think about it is no longer compatible or safe for the billions of consumers the system was built to serve. The emergence of large-scale and efficient food production changed forever our relationship with food and ultimately left a vulnerable and paradoxical system in place. Over 1.1 billion people worldwide are “over-nourished,” according to the World Health Organization, and are at risk of obesity-related illness, while roughly as many people are starving. Meanwhile the natural systems all food is dependent upon have been irreparably damaged by chemicals and destructive farming techniques; the pressures of low-cost food production court contamination and disease; and big food consumers, such as China and India, are already planning for tightened global food supplies, making it clear that the era of superabundance is behind us.

Vivid descriptions, lucid explanations, and fresh thinking make The End of Food unique in its ability to offer a new, accessible way to understand the vulnerable miracle of the modern food economy. Roberts presents clear, stark visions of the future and helps us prepare to make the decisions—personal and global—we must make to survive the demise of food production as we know it.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Clear-eyed, comprehensive, and compelling. Paul Roberts has gone everywhere, read everything, and returned with the best analysis of global food economy you are likely to find.”

    Michael Pollan, New York Times bestselling author of In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

  • “William Dufris…is adept at delivering the mix of seriousness and astonishment clearly intended by Roberts.”


  • “Spellbinding…Paul Roberts…helps provide a reasonable and powerful map of how we got ourselves into this fix, and how we might yet get ourselves out.”

    Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature

  • “A revealing, deeply dismaying overview of how the world’s food is produced and marketed.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Helene | 1/24/2014

    " very alarmist writing that doesn't compensate with new information. doesn't explain why there is a plateau in the 60's/70's and then a spike in the 80's. just generally didn't find it readable past a few chapters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tom | 12/19/2013

    " This is another indictment of CAPO meat assembly lines, processed food, and the unsustainability of current or "green"/"organic" methods. From reading Pollan, etc. I am used to this depressing stateof affairs. What I like about Roberts is the focus on the economic angle (people have to go from the expectation of cheap food to a historical hefty part of the house budget) and especially the cultural angle. What have we lost in the togetherness of lnegthy, communal food preparation and dining times? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michele | 11/4/2013

    " A really great and thorough history of our food system that should be required reading. I read the whole thing shaking my head with my mouth hanging wide open. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Holly Booms Walsh | 11/3/2013

    " This is a scary look at the current and future consequences of modern food production and the global market. The footnotes take up fourty pages in themselves. This author has read and digested and documented everythign there is out there on the current statistics, problems, and trends in food production. He discusses disease, land overuse, global trade, food production methods and dangers, genetic engineering, marketing that promotes over-processing of foodstuffs, and just about every other aspect you can think of. Unlike Michael Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma, he doesn't provide any answers or levity - jsut grim awareness of the plight. If you want to read a book that doesn't pull its punches and will get you buy local, buy organic, cook simply, and stop eating processed foods, this will do it - if you can keep reading ot the end. It is so dense I read it in ten minute a day bursts. "

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About the Author

Paul Roberts is the author of The End of Oil, which was a 2005 New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Book Award Finalist. He is a regular contributor to Harper’s, for which he has written about the food, energy, timber, and auto industries, as well as the destruction of the Florida Everglades. A long-time observer of both business and environmental issues, he is an expert on the complex interplay of economics, technology, and the natural world. He resides in Leavenworth, Washington.