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The Fate of Food
The Fate of Food: What We'll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World | Amanda Little
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In this fascinating look at the race to secure the global food supply, environmental journalist and professor Amanda Little tells the defining story of the sustainable food revolution as she weaves together stories from the world's most creative and controversial innovators on the front lines of food science, agriculture, and climate change. Climate models predict that global food production will decline every decade for the rest of this century due to drought, heat, and flooding. With water and food shortages looming globally, the search for new methods of supplying water and food is on. The Fate of Food will be the first book to connect the categories of food science, innovation, and climate change and tell the defining story of the sustainable food revolution that aims to feed 9 billion people in a hotter, smarter world. From dairy farms in India where microchips embedded in cow flanks transmit real-time data about the animals' health and milk quality to the fields of Nigerian farmers who are growing the world's first drought-tolerant rice, The Fate of Food tells the story of human innovation through food, examining both old and new approaches to food production and their costs and benefits in an era of climate change. Amanda Little, environmental journalism professor at Vanderbilt University, seeks to answer questions such as: Can GMOs actually be good for the environment? What are the most sustainable, long-term sources of protein? What would it take to eliminate harmful chemicals from farming and processed foods? Her investigation takes her to the most extreme frontiers of modern food production and tells the stories of the most creative and controversial innovators, such as the engineering whiz who grew up on a farm in Peru and later developed robots that can weed and manage pests on crops, or the chemical engineer who developed membranes that can transform ocean brine and even sewage into hyper-pure drinking water. Along the journey, readers will gain a deeper understanding of climate change, as well as a sense of awe and optimism about the scope of human ingenuity--and the hope that a solution is on the horizon.
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Environmental journalist Amanda Little travels around the world to report on food science ingenuity and agricultural innovations. Vital research is being done to ensure global food security in the face of water shortages and climate change. This #audiobook is both informative and optimistic.
P.S. In the section on Soylent and other adult pablum meal replacement products, I thought about the novel Sourdough by Robin Sloan.

saresmoore Sourdough was my introduction to the non-astronaut meal replacement concept and I‘d like to keep it filed away in the fiction part of my brain. BUT, I‘m very intrigued by this book! 2w
Lindy @saresmoore Speaking of keeping things filed in the fiction part of one‘s brain, the inventor of Soylent named it for the dystopian thriller Soylent Green. 2w
saresmoore Fascinating! And a bit disturbing. 🤨 2w
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One head of romaine lettuce takes about 3.5 gallons of water to cultivate, a significant statistic, especially in regions facing escalating water shortages.

marleed That‘s fascinating! I‘ve read that almonds take an incredible amount of water to grow, as well. I think it has much to do with the need for moisture the areas in which they are successfully grown. 3w
Lindy @marleed Yes, very interesting to look at water use in agriculture as a whole. Almond trees are not particularly thirsty if they are situated on north-facing slopes (in the northern hemisphere) for example, plus like all trees they contribute to soil water retention. 3w
marleed This is so intriguing to me. I wish I understood some of what you know! 3w
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Often dismissed as the deplorables of the plant kingdom, weeds are in fact elegant masters of adaptation and procreative prowess.

wanderinglynn Plus, they‘re edible. 👍🏻 My current tea has dandelion root and herb in it. 3w
Bklover And they are pretty!! 3w
ljuliel Most people around here hate dandelions in their yards. I can‘t wait to see the first one because it means summer is on the way ! 3w
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Lindy @wanderinglynn Yay for you! I also enjoy dandelions in many forms. I roast my own dandelion and chicory roots for beverages. 3w
Lindy @Bklover Very true! 3w
Lindy @ljuliel I‘m with you. Baby dandelion greens are one of the first things I harvest from my yard. 3w
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I just picked up the tagged book from the library. I'm hoping to squeeze it in among all my other reads. I haven't started it yet, so not sure if I'll get into it or not.

@amanda61 I just sent you an email from a different email address - janeacairns@outlook.com. Hopefully, you'll get this one. 😊

Amanda61 @MaGoose I received this one!! That's so weird. 5mo
MaGoose @Amanda61 Yaay!! 5mo
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