More than 1.1 billion people worldwide are at risk of obesity-related illness, while roughly as many people are starving. Meanwhile, global food production faces dangers, including some chemicals, destructive farming techniques and contamination. Roberts takes a close look at food production, transport and consumption on a global scale, uncovering disturbing trends about the system we all entrust to handle our food. Will people take heed and work to improve the health of our food supply and distribution chain, before it is too late for millions of people around the world?- The Commonwealth Club of California
Paul Roberts is the author of The End of Oil, which was a 2005 New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Book Award finalist, and he is a regular contributor to Harper’s Magazine.
A long-time observer of both business and environmental issues, he is an expert on the complex interplay of economics, technology, and the natural world. He lives in Washington State.
Mixture of volatile, flammable hydrocarbons derived from plant material or animal waste and used as fuel. Some long-exploited biofuels, such as wood, can be used directly as a raw material that is burned to produce heat. The heat in turn can be used to run generators in a power plant to produce electricity. Sugars and starches from sugarcane, corn, and high-cellulose plants (such as switchgrass) can be converted into ethanol, which is used directly in internal-combustion engines or is mixed with gasoline (gasohol). Oils from plants such as the soybean or oil palm can be chemically processed and blended with petroleum diesel fuel to make biodiesel.
good post. I am grateful. Tnx moderator(?). It may have been a bit elementary, but it was very well articulated, and perfect for an introduction for the masses to thinking about what they eat. (may not have been a proper sentence, but hey, ...