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People, Food and Resources : Encyclopedia of Mathematics and Its Applications - Sir Kenneth Blaxter

People, Food and Resources

Encyclopedia of Mathematics and Its Applications

Hardcover Published: 27th June 1986
ISBN: 9780521323000
Number Of Pages: 132

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The current problems of sub-Saharan peoples who are subject to recurrent famine and shortages of food are only one facet of a wider problem which confronts the peoples of the world. This problem, which is a vast in scale, concerns the relationship between the physical and biological resources which the world can muster and the provision of food for the adequate nutrition of its peoples. Overshadowing much of the thought about the future is the theorem propounded by Malthus almost 200 years ago, namely that population, unless checked in some way, has the capacity to outstrip the productivity of the earth in supplying food. Malthus' views are examined in this book and estimates are made of the need to increase and the possibilities of increasing both the nutritional status of the world's population and the production of food and other essentials. The enormous dilemmas that face mankind, the economic arguments that, while apparently logical, pose large moral questions, and the possible role of new scientific advances are outlined. The likely solutions to the many and vexed problems are analysed and their urgency emphasised. The book is a definitive account of the problems of meeting world needs for food, both now and in the immediate future, discussed dispassionately and analytically.

List of figures
List of tables
Preface
Introduction
The numbers of people
Food and people; Nutrients and commodities
Physical resources
People in the developing countries
Limits and resources
Solutions
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521323000
ISBN-10: 0521323002
Series: Encyclopedia of Mathematics and Its Applications
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 132
Published: 27th June 1986
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.12
Weight (kg): 0.32

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