English edition of 'Der verborgene Hunger' (Springer Spektrum), 2012, ISBN 978-3-8274-2952-0
2013, XIII, 255 p. 34 illus.
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A highly impressive call to action for solving a global challenge
Scientific, political and economic contexts described in plain language and with moving examples
An internationally recognized expert advocates sustainable solutions by investments in agriculture and small-scale farming
Hidden Hunger is an increasing problem even in developed countries, whose potential negative consequences on long-term health are often overlooked and underestimated. Chronic malnutrition is at the core of the global hunger challenge facing science, politics, and economics. In plain language and with moving examples, Hans K. Biesalski describes how hidden hunger affects human health long before malnutrition becomes obvious. Worldwide, over one third of deaths among children under 5 years of age is associated with malnutrition. As poverty is the main reason for hidden hunger, addressing this dire challenge requires long-term policies. Land grabbing and climate change seriously counteract a lot of efforts to overcome hidden hunger. This book is a highly impressive call to action. Investment in agriculture and in particular in small-scale farmers to improve subsistence farming are among the approaches suggested to reach a sustainable solution. The author is head of the department of biochemistry and nutrition and managing director of the Food Security Center at the University of Hohenheim, Germany. He is a member of numerous advisory and expert groups for the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition.
Content Level »Popular/general
Keywords »Agricultural Policies - Biofuel and Hunger - Essential Trace Elements - Hidden Hunger - Malnutrition in Developed Countries - Malnutrition in Developing Countries - Small-scale Farming - Trace Elements and Nutrition - Vicious Circle of Hunger and Malnutrition - Vitamins and Nutrition