Food and Famine in the 21st Century

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Food and Famine in the 21st Century. Ed. by William A. Dando. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2012. 2 vols, acid free $189 (ISBN 978-1-59884-730-7). E-book available (978-1-59884-731-4), call for pricing.

This comprehensive two-volume set provides detailed information on all aspects of famine, as well as the growing of our food and the nutrition it supplies. Volume 1, arranged in encyclopedic style, contains 50 long articles on topics associated with both food and famine. The lengthy articles (8-12 pages each) cover diverse topics from Genetically Modified Food and Arable Land, to Sustainable Food Production and Deficiency Diseases. Each signed article contains in-depth information, accompanied by occasional brief sidebars, tables and occasional black and white illustrations. All items include good-sized up to date bibliographies for further research.

Volume 2 looks at ten specific famine areas in depth, covering either specific famines (Irish, Dutch) or surveying the history of famines in a particular country or area (India, Russia, China). These extremely long and detailed articles (30-50 pages each) analyze each of the areas, summarizing famine history, causes, extent, reactions, assistance, and aftermath. …