Escalating Appetite


62-63: Escalating Appetite

Main graph, Global Grain Production 1950–2012, Compiled by Earth Policy Institute from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), http://www.earth-policy.org/indicators/C54 


64-65: Farmed Planet

Main land use graphic is based on data from the Food & Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations. Accessed at http://www.fao.org/docrep/017/i1688e/i1688e.pdf 

“Change over time” farmed land since 1800 map based on ‘The importance of three centuries of land-use change for the global and regional terrestrial carbon cycle’, Climate Change, 97, 2 July 2009, pp123–144. Accessed at http://www.researchgate.net/publication/226196284_The_importance_of_three_centuries_of_land-use_change_for_the_global_and_regional_terrestrial_carbon_cycle 


66-67: Fertilizer Boom

Main graphic using data from Max Roser (2015) ‘Fertilizer and Pesticides’. Published online at OurWorldInData.org. Accessed at 


68-69: Pest Control Challenge

Main crop graphic outlining the extent of pesticide use in various countries from Max Roser (2016) ‘Fertilizer and Pesticides’. Published online at ourworldindata.org. Accessed at https://ourworldindata.org/fertilizer-and-pesticides/

Graph of bird population decline from ‘Popular Pesticides Linked to Drops in Bird Populations’, by Helen Thompson, Smithsonian Magazine, July 2014. Accessed at http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/popular-pesticides-linked-drops-bird-population-180951971/?no-ist

“Global rise in pesticide sales” uses data from ‘Estimated worldwide annual sales of pesticides (herbicides, insecticides, fungicides and others) in billions of dollars, 1960-1999’, George N. Agrios (2005), Plant Pathology, Fifth Edition. Academic Press. 

‘We’ve covered the world in pesticides. Is that a problem?’, Brad Plumer, The Washington Post, 2013. Accessed at

70-71: How Food is Wasted

Information on the scale and breakdown of food waste from ‘Save Food: Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction’, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Accessed at http://www.fao.org/save-food/en/


72-23: Feeding the World

Main plate graphics use number from ‘The State of Food Insecurity in the World’, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2015. Accessed at

Food costs panel comparing the USA and India uses data from ‘America Spends Less on Food Than Any Other Country’, Alyssa Battistoni, Mother Jones, February 2012. Accessed at 


74-45: Threats to Food Security

The main map graphic uses information from ‘Restoring the land, Dimensions of need – An atlas of food and agriculture’, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, 1995. Accessed at

The drought panel uses data from the Natural Resources and Environment, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, 2015. Accessed at