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Throughout history, human societies have struggled to ensure that all people have access to sufficient food to lead active and healthy lives. Despite great global effort, events of the early 21st century clearly demonstrate that food remains a pressing challenge which has significant implications for security. In this book, Bryan McDonald explores how processes of globalization and global change have reshaped food systems in ways that have significant impacts for the national security of states and the human of communities and individuals. Over the past few decades, local, regional, and national food systems have increasingly become intertwined in an emerging global food network. This complex web of relations includes the production, harvest, processing, transport, and consumption of food. While this global food network provides new opportunities for improving health and well-being, it also gives rise to new sources of security threats and vulnerabilities.

This detailed and comprehensive introduction to the major issues impacting global food security will be essential reading for students and scholars in security studies, international politics, and environmental studies.

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Hardcover
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745648071
ISBN10
074564807X
Publication Dates ROW:
Nov 2010
Publication Dates US:
Dec 2010
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Nov 2010


Format
224 x 145 mm
8.80 x 5.70 in
Pages
200 pages
Paperback
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745648088
ISBN10
0745648088
Publication Dates ROW:
Nov 2010
Publication Dates US:
Dec 2010
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Nov 2010



Format
216 x 141 mm
8.50 x 5.52 in
Pages
200 pages
E-book
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745659299
ISBN10
0745659292
Publication Dates ROW:
Apr 2013
Publication Dates US:
Apr 2013
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Apr 2013


Format
229 x 152 mm
9.02 x 5.98 in
Pages
216 pages

* Exam copies only available to lecturers for whom the book may be suitable as a course text.
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Reviews

"Extremely well organized and provides numerous examples of causes and consequences of food insecurity without casting value judgements. McDonald does a nice job of defining his terms and setting limits for the scope of his discussion."
Choice

"A succinct and accessible overview of an issue rising ever further up the global political agenda."
International Affairs

"In this crisply written, insightful book, McDonald brings our notions of security up to date by demonstrating how current global food systems undermine the world's ability to provide sufficient, safe, and nutritious food for everyone. Timely, sophisticated, and necessary, Food Security explains how this leaves all of us more vulnerable and offers important ideas for what to do about it."
Paul Wapner, associate professor and director of the Global Environmental Politics Program at the American University

"Bryan McDonald must be read if one wants to understand the complexity of the global food system and its sweeping impacts on human security."
Erika Weinthal, Duke University

"McDonald breaks free of the disciplinary and sectoral shackles that so commonly plague analyses of key global challenges like food security. His explicit integrated approach to impacts and implications for food security makes this contribution more robust and more useful to a wider set of actors."
Geoff Dabelko, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

"Bryan McDonald's excellent narrative of how global changes are impacting food security provides a valuable addition to better understanding the larger changes in the nature of security, and offers wise guidance for improving food security."
Kenneth Rutherford, director of the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery and professor of political science at James Madison University

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.

Abbreviations.

Introduction: Twenty-first Century Challenges to Food Security.

1. Food Security and the Global Food System.

2. From Local to Global: Shifts in World Food Systems.

3. Global Trends Impacting Food Security.

4. Ensuring Proper Nutrition: The Challenge of Malnutrition in an Era of Global Change.

5. Managing Global Environmental Change: The Environmental Impacts of Agriculture and Food Production.

6. Optimizing Food Safety: Threats to Health and Food Security from Disease, Contamination and Biological Weapons.

Conclusion: Sustainable Food Security.

References.

Index.

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Author Information

Bryan L. McDonald is Assistant Professor of Science, Technology and Society at Pennsylvania State University.

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