Global environmental activist Lester Brown, praised by the Washington Post as “one of the world’s most influential thinkers,” built his understanding of food and scarcity issues from the ground up. His father moved from farmhand to owner of a small farm, and as a teenager, Brown created a successful tomato business. Living in India while working for the USDA, he pieced together the clues that would lead him to sound the alarm on an impending famine, and his urgent warning to the U.S. and Indian governments helped save millions of lives. Now, Brown, founder of the Earth Policy and Worldwatch institutes, explains how the global food system is endangered by the unfolding ecological crises, rising affluence, population growth, and shrinking water supplies.

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Thanks to Seattle Town Hall, Sustainable Path Foundation, and University Book Store

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