New book inspires the next generation to achieve food security

The next generation can achieve what their parents and grandparents found so elusive – food security for all - says an expert in sustainability from the University of Surrey.  In a new book targeted at schools, colleges and the general public called Food Most Royal, Professor Stephen Morse from the University of Surrey’s Centre for Environment and Sustainability (CES) urges the coming generation to strive for growing enough quality and affordable food for everyone in the world.   Professor Morse and his collaborator, Nora McNamara, focus on different ways to tackle food security and use the incredibly important West African crop, the white yam (Dioscorea rotundata), as a case in point. It is often called the ‘King of crops’ and has high economic, cultural and nutritional value but perversely is under threat in the very parts of the world where it is grown and most cherished. The book addresses why this is the case and sets out some solutions. White yam provides a lesson of the challenges that face us all; even those of us who live many thousands of miles away from West Africa and perhaps have never eaten yam. 

Professor Morse said: “It is important for us all to be aware of food security and ensure that we can  can achieve a world where hunger, food banks and food contamination are a thing of the past. We hope that as many young people as possible will find inspiration in this book to help change the world.” 

Purchase of the book via publisher website:

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Biorefineries and chemical processes

This book is designed as an advanced text for final year and post graduate chemical engineers as well as for the teaching staff. It deals with the specialized subject matter thoroughly with good explanations of the chemistries involved and emphasizes where conventional chemical engineering principles differ from those needed to design biorefinery plant.” Chromatographia, DOI 10.1007/s10337-015-2843-9

This book aims to bridge the gap between engineering and sustainability in bio-based processes, with the help of analytical tools for economic and environmental assessment – and it succeeds in doing so. The reader will also learn how to apply these tools, thanks to the numerous problems elaborated and solved using software like ASPEN, MATLAB and GaBi (for LCA). In conclusion, this book introduces the reader to the rapidly-developing industry of biorefineries, with a multi-disciplinary approach.” Green Process Synth 2015; 4: 65–66

Find out more on the Wiley website.

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Prosperity without growth

"The challenge to the prevailing growth-based economic paradigm confronts an inescapable dilemma: how to reconcile 'our aspirations for the good life with the limitations and constraints of a finite planet.' Its thoughtful and penetrating critique is enriched by an outline of credible programs to achieve this end. A very valuable contribution to urgent concerns that cannot be ignored."  - Noam Chomsky.

For further information please visit the CUSP website.

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Sustainable development and corporate social responsibility

Professor Stephen Morse has published a new book entitled ‘Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility’. It explores the evolution of CSR across the developed and developing world, with a particular focus on China and sustainable development. 

For further information go to our news article.

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Taking stock of industrial ecology

Professor Angela Druckman and Professor Roland Clift have published a book entitled 'Taking Stock of Industrial Ecology'.  The book explores how we can design more sustainable industrial and urban systems that reduce environmental impacts while supporting a high quality of life for everyone?

What progress has been made towards reducing resource use and waste, and what are the prospects for more resilient, material-efficient economies? What are the environmental and social impacts of global supply chains and how can they be measured and improved?

For further information please go to the publisher website. This book is available as a free e-book.

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