1st Edition

The Feeding of Nations Redefining Food Security for the 21st Century

By Mark Gibson Copyright 2012
    684 Pages 114 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    684 Pages 114 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    In the last decade, the world has grown richer and produced more food than ever before. Yet in that same period, hunger has increased and 925 million remain underfed and malnourished. Exploring this troubling paradox, The Feeding of Nations: Re-Defining Food Security for the 21st Century offers a glimpse into how the simple aspiration of global food security has evolved and unfolded—with sometimes contradictory and counterproductive policies, agendas, and ideologies.

    Providing a holistic analysis of the issues surrounding food security, this volume engages in a cross-disciplinary approach that makes the subject accessible to readers and academically rigorous in delivery. Topics discussed include:

    • A brief overview of our current understanding of the prevalence of hunger and malnutrition
    • Historical perspectives on the feeding of nations, to understand how we arrived at this point
    • Contemporary motivations that led to the creation of the modern concept of food security
    • The many different sectors related to food security, including agriculture, environment, and policy
    • The goals that society has set regarding food security, the means by which these are to be achieved, and current thoughts on solutions

    The book contains a broad set of appendices that enable focused study on critical topics presented in the text. Uniquely amalgamating all the disparate elements of food security into one volume, it sets the record straight about the origins and evolution of the phenomenon while dispelling myths along the way.

    Food Security: What Is It, How and Who Does It Affect?
    Food Security: What Is It?
    Good Nutrition: A Basic Introduction
    Bad ‘Mal’-nutrition: The Physiology of Hunger
    Food Security: The Global Picture
    History: A Fledgling Construct
    Sociocultural Evolution
    Governance, Philosophy, Politics and Economics
    Science, Technology and Philosophy
    History: Twentieth Century
    Twentieth Century: The Feeding of Nations—A New Global Enthusiasm
    The Inter-War Years 1919–1939
    World War Two: 1939–1945
    The Post-War Years
    The Development Decade: 1960s
    Famine, Oil and the Food Crisis: 1970s
    The Lost Development Decade: 1980s
    The Era of the Conference: 1990s
    The Twenty-First Century: Ideological Convergence?
    A Sectoral Analysis: Food Security and…
    Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
    Science and Technology
    Health and Nutrition
    Environment and Natural Resources
    Governance, Politics and Economics
    The Final Analysis—Food Security
    Origins: Aetiology and Etymology—Dispelling the Myths
    Causality and Future Research
    Redefining Food Security
    Food for Thought: Discussion and Considerations
    Closing Remarks
    Appendix A: Country Classifications
    Appendix B: Mortality Categories
    Appendix C: The Gibson Framework of Food Security
    Appendix D: Metabolism
    Appendix E: Micronutrients
    Appendix F: Malnutrition—Its Assessment and Measurement
    Appendix G: Biological Systematics
    Appendix H: Millennium Development Goals
    Appendix I: Global Warming—The Basics
    Appendix J: Energy Sources
    Appendix K: Stakeholders
    Appendix L: Conversion Rates
    Appendix M: Glossary


    Mark Gibson has always taken an interest in the way food has been approached, not just locally but also in the global context. There has been an elemental desire to understand more of the social, political and economic tectonics of food culture, particularly in relation to issues of food security. After training in the culinary arts, Mark remained in the industry for two decades before finally stepping into the academic world. He now lectures on many aspects related to food culture from governance to sustainability issues as well as keeping his hand in the kitchen. After completing his PhD on food security, Mark undertook to share his knowledge in the present book.

    "Undoubtedly, the consolidation of so much information on the topic in a single volume will be much appreciated by those grappling with this timely issue."
    —D. M Gilbert, Maine Maritime Academy, in Choice

    "I would wholeheartedly recommend this book as a reference source to anyone involved with, or interested in, food security. It is both succinct and well referenced."
    Chemistry World, September 2012