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Social Science Agriculture & Food

Uncertain Harvest

The Future of Food on a Warming Planet

by (author) Ian Mosby, Sarah Rotz & Evan D.G. Fraser

University of Regina Press
Initial publish date
May 2020
Agriculture & Food, Global Warming & Climate Change
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    Feb 2023
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A menu for an edible future.

In a world expected to reach a staggering population of 10 billion by 2050, and with global temperatures rising fast, humanity must fundamentally change the way it grows and consumes food. Uncertain Harvest brings together scientists, chefs, activists, entrepreneurs, farmers, philosophers, and engineers working on the global future of food to answer questions on how to make a more equitable, safe, sustainable, and plentiful food future.

Navigating cutting-edge research on the science, culture, and economics of food, Ian Mosby, Sarah Rotz, and Evan D.G. Fraser present a roadmap for a global food policy, while examining eight foods that could save us: algae, caribou, kale, millet, tuna, crickets, milk, and rice.

"Engaging, insightful, clever, sobering, and hard-hitting!" —Steffanie Scott, co-author of Organic Food and Farming in China

"Uncertain Harvest offers an unflinching look at some of the biggest challenges we face today. By bringing together scholars from the fields of food studies, geography, and history, the book offers insightful answers to the questions: How did we get here and what lessons can we learn from our past? And how might the most commonly-touted 'future of food' solutions play out, both globally and locally?" —Ann Hui, author of Chop Suey Nation

"What happens when a historian, an activist, and a techno-optimist come together to envision our food future? A surprisingly balanced and compelling snapshot of what’s possible: local problems get local solutions, and the ancient art of feeding ourselves benefits from a much-needed update. At last, hope we might actually be able to count on." —Dan Barber, author of The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food

About the authors

Ian Mosby is an award-winning historian of food and nutrition who was, alongside Evan Fraser, named one of the “53 Most Influential People in Canadian Food” by the Globe and Mail in 2016. His book Food Will Win the War: The Politics, Culture, and Science of Food on Canada’s Home Front was shortlisted for the 2016 Canada Prize and won the Canadian Historical Association's 2015 Book Prize. He is an assistant professor of history at Ryerson University in Toronto.

Ian Mosby's profile page

Sarah Rotz is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Geography at Queens University as part of the CIHR-funded 'A SHARED Future' project. As a settler scholar-activist, Sarah's work focuses on political ecologies of land and food systems, settler colonial partriarchy, and concepts of sovereignity and justice related to food, water, and energy, and the ecosystems that support them.

Sarah Rotz's profile page

Evan D.G. Fraser is the author of two books about food and food security: Empires of Food: Feast, Famine, and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations (Simon and Schuster), shortlisted for the James Beard Food Literature Award; and the graphic novel, #FoodCrisis. Currently he is the director of the Arrell Food Institute and holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security. He is a fellow of the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation, a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geography Society, and a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

Evan D.G. Fraser's profile page


  • Short-listed, Science Writers and Communicators of Canada Book Award
  • Short-listed, Saskatchewan Book Awards, Publishing

Editorial Reviews

Short-listed, Saskatchewan Book Awards, 2020
Honourable Mention, Science Writers and Communicators of Canada Book Award, 2020

"This book offers an amazing insight to the global food supply chain, the issues that climate change is likely to cause, a wealth of information on the history of our current system and several brilliant and well-researched solutions to certain issues we face. I would highly recommend this book." —Environmental Values

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