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Global Food Crisis

Global Food Crisis by Justin Healey
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Currently, a billion undernourished people experience hunger on a regular basis. Global food production will have to rise 70 per cent by 2050 as the world population expands to 9.1 billion from 6.8 billion people. Recent global food prices have been the highest on record, exceeding 2008 levels that sparked deadly riots across the world. Causal factors include population growth, climate change and weather-related crop problems, diminishing water supplies, oil prices and diversion of food crops to biofuel production, damaging farming practices, and land shortages. Is an ongoing world food crisis inevitable? What is Australia’s role in global food security and how are we managing our own domestic food challenges in relation to environmental sustainability, rising food prices and declining productivity? Two chapters: Global hunger and food supply ; Australia’s food security. Also includes: Worksheets and activities ; Fast facts ; Glossary ; Web links ; Index. Titles in the ‘Issues in Society’ series are individual resource books which provide an overview on a specific subject comprised of facts and opinions. The information in this resource book is not from any single author, publication or organisation. The unique value of the ‘Issues in Society’ series lies in its diversity of content and perspectives. The content comes from a wide variety of sources and includes: Newspaper reports and opinion pieces ; Website fact sheets ; Magazine and journal articles ; Statistics and surveys ; Government reports ; Literature from special interest groups. As the information reproduced in this book is from a number of different sources, readers should always be aware of the origin of the text and whether or not the source is likely to be expressing a particular bias or agenda. It is hoped that, as you read about the many aspects of the issues explored in this book, you will critically evaluate the information presented. In some cases, it is important that you decide whether you are being presented with facts or opinions. Does the writer give a biased or an unbiased report? If an opinion is being expressed, do you agree with the writer?
The Spinney Press; April 2011
65 pages; ISBN 9781921507472
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Title: Global Food Crisis
Author: Justin Healey