At the current rate of increase, the world's population is likely to reach ten billion by the middle of the twenty-first century. What will be the challenges posed by feeding this population and how can they be addressed? Written to mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of Malthus' seminal Essay on the Principle of Population, this fascinating book looks at the intimate links between population growth and agricultural innovation over the past 10,000 years, illustrating how the evolution of agriculture has both shaped and been shaped by the course of world population growth. This historical context serves to illuminate our present position and to aid understanding of possible future paths to food security for the planet. This volume is a unique and accessible account that will be of interest to a wide audience concerned with global population, food supply, agricultural development, environmental degradation and resource depletion.
'I recommend this book unequivocally to everyone.' David W. Lawlor, Annals of Botany 'Feeding the Ten Billion: Plants and Population Growth aims to understand how the evolution of agriculture has both shaped and been shaped by the course of world population growth. Evans, a distinguished plant physiologist and a former President of the Australian Academy of Sciences, achieves this aim by describing the past interactions of population and agriculture.' Trends in Ecology and Evolution 'If you wish for a masterly, gripping, fluent, flowing analysis of the whole problem of food and population, scientifically rigorous yet literary, almost journalistic, then read this book. Such a balance of history, sociology and agricultural and plant science is rare.' David W. Lawlor, Annals of Botany 'Indeed, even if you do not wish to read this book, you should: it is essential reading for all - from school to the highest academia, but especially for 'opinion formers' and 'decision makers' in politics and industry.' David W. Lawlor, Annals of Botany 'The book is enjoyable reading and I recommend it to anyone interested in a refresher course on how plant research has interacted with population growth.' Gary Toenniessen, Trends in Plant Science 'The book is enjoyable reading and I recommend it to anyone interested in a refresher course on how plant research has interacted with population growth.' Gary Toenniessen, Trends in Plant Science 'All students of soil science, and many other scientists, could widen their horizons from this absorbing book.' A. Young, European Journal of Soil Science 'Most plant biologists should come away from reading this book with a better sense of world agriculture in terms of where we are today, how we got there, and the constraints that will drive its development over the next 50 years.' James N. Siedow, Plant Physiology