The Coming Famine by Julian Cribb is a reminder of the worst things to come unless humankind embarks on a different trajectory. Cribb warns against painful food shortages, water scarcity, displaced populations, collapsed stocks of fish and the unilateral failure of mega-cities by mid-century.
Initially, there will be regional failures due to increased population, greater demand for resources, a dwindling supply of fresh water, land scarcity, over-extraction of minerals, soil erosion, ocean acidity and the coming climate change.
Essentially, Cribb believes that there can be no peace in the world until people address the food shortage problem forthrightly. Food First by Lappe has a series of strategies aimed at doing just that. The solution, according to Lappe' is to de-corporatize food production and place the function and the technology back into the hands of millions of local farmers and neighborhood food growers.
Cribb provides another solution for dealing with food shortages. He points out that a kilogram of beef depletes 3900 gallons of water; whereas, a single tomato can be grown utilizing only 3 gallons of water. Vegetable production yields more food per acre than legumes, cereals and beef. In short, vegetables have the power to feed the hungry worldwide, reduce poverty and conserve water production.
The Coming Famine by Julian Cribb teaches an important lesson about conserving scarce resources on earth before growing populations are harmed irreparably by the upcoming scarcities.