For example, Colin abhors, say, the actions of vast agri-companies, such as the American one that tried to patent 'basmati' rice undermining the age old rights of traditional Indian famers, He also thinks that GMOs are by-and-large a con, in so far as needing them to solve the world's hunger and nutritional woes. The sections on Mad Cow's Disease and foot-and-mouth are particularly harrowing. In reading this book one gets a sense that Colin has grown angrier and angrier, as his knowledge increased of present day agricultural methods and politics. And he even has some issues with organic farming and vegetarianism being seen as the panacea for our ills, (though he does feel they are more on target, than many other directions the food industry has gone in.) But he doesn't just apportion blame, he spends the closing chapters outlining how we might begin to put it right.
I did get lost in a section discussing the history of crop breeding, but elsewhere his words held my attention like a summer thriller. Although, in this case, the plot revolves not around fictional characters, but the very real future of humankind, and those other living things we affect in the course of our journey. Yet for all the frightening stories told within, the book is effused with optimism. The answers, are right in front of noses, Colin believes, we just need the willpower to reach out and seize them. The Times Literary Supplement wrote of this very important work, "everyone concerned for the longer-term future of humanity should read this." I enthusiastically second that motion.
Buy So Shall We Reap by Colin Tudge