Food: The Growing Challenge for Human Survival

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  • Author :Bimalendu Bhattacharya
  • Year of Publication :2020
  • ISBN: :9789388937504
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: XVIII, 302
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: Agriculture, Geography

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About the Book :

One of the most threatening issues facing the world today is 'food scarcity', keeping a little less than one-fourth (2015) of the global population hungry and malnourished, ostensibly shameful for the affluent world. The book looks at the reasons for this blaring disparity between the two sections of the global population, along with growing demand for animal-protein-rich food by the affluent world causing it to be afflicted with grave health problems. This study delves into causes involved in creating this disparate as well as contrasting situation and looks for preventive and restorative measures to strengthen 'food security' for entire mankind, assuring not only availability of adequate food 'at all times and at all places', but also indicating how to make it healthy for the affluent class to evade a catastrophic future. At the same time, climate change resulting from mindless wrong-doings of man over time, with debilitating effects on the food production system, impacting heavily on food supply, combined with environmental degradation and ever-shrinking biodiversity posing as the greatest challenge to human survival, demands greater emphasis on mitigating measures to halt the process culminating as never before in making both food and water scarce commodities, imperilling human existence by the end of this century.

About Author :

Bimalendu Bhattacharya, educated at Calcutta University and at the London School of Economics and Political Science (as a Commonwealth Scholar), has consistently pursued a career of teaching and research, having taught in many institutes, including Gauhati University (Assam), Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur IIT, West Bengal), Presidency College (now University), Kolkata, and the University of North Bengal (West Bengal), at the last of which he had been a Senior Professor, Head of the Department as well as the Dean of the Faculty of Science. His research in Geography spans a large area with publications in India and abroad, and a number of books including 'Samaj Bignaniya Bhugol' (Social Geography in Bengali) jointly with Professor Anima Bhatthacharya, published by the West Bengal Government, 'Urban Development in India: Since Pre-Historic Times' (New Delhi), 'Sikkim: Land and People' (New Delhi), 'Geography of a Himalayan Kingdom: Bhutan' in joint authorship with A. Bhattacharya and Neil Fraser (New Delhi), 'Urbanization, Urban Sustainability and the Future of Cities' (New Delhi), 'Geography of Deprivation: An Unfair World' (New Delhi) and 'Global Urban Process: Growth of Towns and Cities' (New Delhi).