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Nikiforuk, Andrew

Andrew Nikiforuk is the author of three previous books, including Saboteurs which won the Canadian Governor General’s Award for non-fiction. His first book, The Fourth Horseman: A Short History of Plagues, Scourges and Emerging Viruses, won critical acclaim in Canada, the United States and Britain. An award-winning journalist, he has written for many Canadian publications. He lives with his family in Alberta, Canada.
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Picture of Pandemonium
Is the pace and scale of global trade endangering our livestock, hospitals and waterways? How vulnerable is our food to bacterial, viral and fungal invaders? Do certain trade goods cause more biological trouble than others? And - most importantly - how can we do things differently? Whether it's pandemics like avian flu, the potential loss of most of the world's banana crops to disease, or the devastation of a foot-and-mouth epidemic, the deadly pace of globalization and biological traffic in all living things invites disaster. While we enjoy our twenty-first century global lifestyle - international travel, cheap imported cars, summer fruits in the supermarket year-round thanks to global food sourcing - it's all too easy to forget the downside. Pandemonium is a vital guide to the hidden consequences of globalization.