Geography Prof Makes Headlines

July 19, 2010 - In the News

An opinion piece by geography professor Evan Fraser was published today in the Ottawa Citizen. The column, written with U.S. journalist Andrew Rimas, looks at how agricultural specialization creates areas that lack the food diversity needed to survive shortage.

Fraser was also featured in a news item on on the weekend. The article posted on the global Internet and media website talked about the book Fraser wrote with Rimas, Empires of Food: Feast, Famine and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations.

The book show how the history of the decline of world powers is linked to food and hunger by examining how societies from the Roman Empire to imperial Britain crumbled as their food supplies crashed.

Fraser, who is an expert in food security, also suggests in the book that we may currently be facing the same fate and need to start altering the way we produce, store and consume our food.

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