The End of Food

  • by Paul Roberts
  • Narrated by William Dufris
  • 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Here is the frightening truth about the modern food system.The best-selling 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 uniquely able 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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What the Critics Say

"A revealing, deeply dismaying overview of how the world's food is produced and marketed." (Kirkus)

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kinda boring

compared with michael pollan, whose books are enthralling, this is a bit dry. There's an interesting bit about the rise of the global food conglomerates like nestle, but it goes downhill. I'd skip it and get the pollan books.
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- John M

Dogmatic but interesting

I too am concerned with what the industrial food system is doing to our health, our society and my own individual ability to choose exactly what I want to eat. This author however is more agenda driven then objectively driven.

One of the more interesting aspects of the real-food community is its overlap between people of differing ideologies. Go to a raw milk pick-up point and you'll meet old hippies and homeschooling Christian families all chatting and sharing in their passion for the natural, healthy way of life.

This author wouldn't enjoy such a crowd. He's subjective, dogmatic and terribly wrong on many details. It's still a readable book because he is taking on the Monsantos and Walmarts of the world, but I cringe to think of anyone that might accidentally pick this book up as their introduction to the subject as a whole.

For the newcomer to this larger subject I would suggest the obvious "Omnivore's Dilemma" by Michael Pollan and of course Wendell Berry and Joel Salatin both. Really, read both, not just one of them.
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- Ray

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-20-2008
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio