||Full house : reassessing the Earth's population carrying capacity /
Brown, Lester R. ;
Brown, Lester Russell
|| W.W. Norton & Company,
||0393037134; 9780393037135; 0393312208; 9780393312201
Pollution--Economic aspects ;
Food supply ;
Human ecology ;
Birth control ;
Population Control ;
Natèurliche Ressourcen ;
||Region 2 Library/New York,NY
||261 pages, 3 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Series editor, Linda Starke. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Entering a new era -- I. Reading the trends -- Food insecurity -- Ninety million more -- Climbing the food chain -- II. The three food systems -- Overharvesting the oceans -- Overgrazing rangelands -- Limits of the plow -- III. Losing momentum -- Spreading water scarcity -- The fertilizer falloff -- Struggling to raise yields -- Environmental deductions -- IV. Looking ahead -- Carrying capacity : the big four -- Carrying capacity : the next nine -- The growing imbalance -- V. Taking charge -- Reassessing population policy -- Turning the tide. "After decades of steady growth, the world's food supply is no longer keeping up with population increases. These are the findings in this fourth volume in the Worldwatch Environmental Alert series from the Worldwatch Institute." According to Lester Brown and Hal Kane, the world's farmers can no longer be counted on to feed adequately the projected additions to our numbers. Achieving a humane balance between food and people now depends more on family planners than on farmers. "In this volume, the authors propose a global strategy to restore food security and a budget to implement it. Their global food security budget calls for stepped-up expenditures on both sides of the food/population equation. It includes investments not only to provide family planning services to all who want them, but also to eliminate the underlying causes of high fertility, such as female illiteracy. It also includes investments in an extensive reforestation and soil conservation effort, one that will arrest the deterioration of the agricultural resource base."--Jacket.