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Book Review: The Coming Famine: The Global Food Crisis and What We Can Do to Avoid It by Julian Cribb

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The Coming Famine: The Global Food Crisis and What We Can Do to Avoid It 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 megacities 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, overextraction 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 three 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 teaches an important lesson about conserving scarce resources on earth before growing populations are harmed irreparably by the upcoming scarcities.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.