Uncertain Harvest

The Future of Food on a Warming Planet

By Ian Mosby, Sarah Rotz, and Evan D.G. Fraser
Read by Jenny Hoops
Categories: Social Sciences, Food & Cooking, Environmental & Nature Studies, Climate Change, Business, Economics & Industry, Economics, Agriculture & Food Production, Political Science
Publisher: University of Regina Press
Paperback : 9780889777200, 280 pages, May 2020
Hardcover : 9780889777224, 256 pages, May 2020
Ebook (PDF) : 9780889777248, 256 pages, May 2020
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780889777262, 256 pages, May 2020
Audiobook : 9780889779402, February 2023


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.


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


“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