Distant Hunger: Agriculture, Food, and Human Values

Distant Hunger: Agriculture, Food, and Human Values (Hardback)

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 Distant Hunger: Agriculture, Food, and Human Values
Purdue University Press
5.00" x 8.00"

Book Description

The problem of hunger is increasing. in general, we agree on that -- but our agreement ceases when we consider appropriate definitions, approaches, and solutions to global scarcity of food. This book emphasizes that the world's food problems are technically, biologically, socially, politically, economically, and morally complex. Early chapters set out alternative conceptions of the world food problem and explore the major variables and assumptions of each. Subsequent chapters compare and contrast modern agriculture with traditional and subsistence forms of agriculture as biological systems. A fourfold classification of nations into food-sufficient and food-deficient and rich and poor precedes a discussion of political, economic, and cultural aspects of food policies in the United States, Europe, and selected less-developed nations. The book also considers the prospects for scientific and technological developments as partial solutions to global scarcity of food and makes guarded recommendations, reaffirming the complexity of the issues involved in world hunger.

About the Author(s):

Dr. Nicholson has more than three decades of experience in research and evaluation, program development, and advocacy for girls and young women. She directs the research and evaluation work of Girls Incorporated, the national youth program and research and advocacy organization. She and her colleagues are currently studying the effectiveness of the Girls Incorporated Preventing Adolescent Pregnancy program. Dr. Nicholson is chair of the National Council for Research on Women.

Ph.D., Purdue University , Plant Pathology Nicholson is the author of over 120 articles, reviews, and book chapters. In addition to being a Fellow of APS, he has been a Fellow of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science and is a Guest Professor at the University of Konstanz, Germany.