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New book explores how and why food shapes the world

Well-meant initiatives such as Barack Obama's Feed the Future and "buy local" efforts will not end the world's food crisis, according to a University of Guelph professor.

Evan Fraser, a new University  of Guelph geography professor and agricultural expert, explores why such one-solution plans historically fail in his just-published book, Empires of Food: Feast, Famine and the Rise and Fall of Civilization.

Written with U.S. journalist Andrew Rimas, the book looks at how and why human culture depends on food, what happens when a culture runs out of it and what can be expected in years to come.