Books from Earthscan

Posted: 4 November 2003

The following titles from Earthscan, may be ordered directly from this leading environmental publisher.

Don't Worry It's Safe to Eat The True Story of GM Food, BSE and Foot and Mouth

Andrew RowellEarthscan, London, June 2003 £16.99 hb

'Don't worry - it's safe to eat' is a familiar phrase said by politicians and scientists to consumers. This book shows why people do not believe them anymore. It exposes the inherent anomalies of our food production system, using three of the most potent issues of our time - BSE, GM and foot and mouth disease - as examples.

Don't Worry - It's Safe to Eat exposes the myths of the GM revolution and the commercial and scientific manipulation of the food we eat.

The Atlas of Food Who Eats What, Where and Why

Erik Millstone and Tim LangEarthscan, London, January 2003, £11.99 pb (On-line discounted price: £9.59)

Food is vital for our health and welfare, and its production critically affects the environment as well as the wealth of nations. Despite a rapid increase in trade, hundreds of millions of people remain hungry, while chronic obesity is increasing worldwide.

Much of the grain that could amply feed the world's population is fed instead to cattle to satisfy the rich world's appetite for meat. New technologies, such as GM crops, promise to increase food production, but are they completely safe? How do markets work, and whose vested interests are at stake? What are the impacts of different forms of farming, processing, transportation, retailing and changing eating habits?

With vivid maps and graphics, this atlas provides a comprehensive account of the food chain - from plough to plate - and reveals how it affects the lives of us all.

Agri-Culture Reconnecting People, Land and Nature

Jules PrettyEarthscan, London, 2002 £14.95 pb (On-line discounted price: £11.96)

Something is wrong with our agricultural and food systems. Despite great progress in increasing productivity in recent decades, hundreds of millions of people remain hungry and malnourished, and further millions suffer for eating too much food or the wrong sort.

Agri-Culture envisages the expansion of a new form of food production and consumption founded on more ecological principles and in harmony with the cultures, knowledges and collective capacities of the producers themselves.

The Meat Business Devouring a Hungry Planet

Geoff Tansey and Joyce D'SilvaEarthscan, London, 1999, £14.99 pb (On-line discounted price: £13.49)

How will we feed the world, and ourselves? Does it require intensive farming of animals, or genetic engineering, or both? Or is there an alternative?

This book shows that there is an alternative which is healthier for us, kinder to animals, more productive of nutritious food and less damaging to the environment. It challenges its readers to think about the basis, not just of their own eating habits, but of the whole system of agriculture and the food market.

The Food System

Geoff Tansey and Tony WorsleyEarthscan, London, 1995, £16.95 pb (On-line discounted price: £15.26)

With new technologies set to revolutionise the global food industry, understanding the food system and managing it carefully are essential.

This book provides an overview of the key issues and players. It makes a useful text for students working on any aspect of food - from agriculture and food technology, management, retailing, catering and consumer studies, to politics and development. It is also an absorbing book for the general reader concerned about their food.