Regenesis: Feeding the World without Devouring the Planet

George Monbiot
15 May 2023

The global food system suffers from some of the same vulnerabilities as the global finance system in the approach to 2008. Policy makers have ignored repeated warnings in the scientific literature that it is losing its resilience. The amplification of shocks to the system is likely to explain one of the most disturbing of all global trends: following decades in which chronic hunger declined, since 2015 it has been rising. A systems approach is essential to understanding what is happening to food, and what is likely to come, unless policy changes.

George Monbiot is a best-selling author, environmental activist and Guardian columnist. His works include Feral: Rewilding the land, sea and human life and Heat: how to stop the planet burning. George has made several viral videos, including How Wolves Change Rivers (over 40 million views) and Nature Now, co-presented with Greta Thunberg (over 40 million views). In 2022, George was awarded the Orwell Prize for Journalism. George’s latest book, Regenesis: Feeding the World Without Devouring the Planet, explains why farming is ‘the world's greatest cause of environmental destruction’, drawing on astonishing advances in soil ecology to explore pioneering ways to grow more food with less farming.

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