The world will need to produce as much food in the next forty years as it did in the past 8,000 years. Moving that food to where it is needed will require a massive investment in logistics, in port and transport infrastructure, as well as in distribution, processing and packaging networks within countries. Governments will not make those investments. Instead the task will fall on the world’s commodity trading (merchandising) companies.
When most people think of agricultural commodity merchants, they imagine dubious characters manipulating markets and pushing up food prices. Few people understand what agricultural traders actually do, and how their markets function. This book is intended to at least partly correct that.
Commodity Conversations is available on Amazon
In this far-reaching and wide-ranging book Jonathan dispels many myths, both about sugar and about how commodity markets work. He looks carefully at human rights, environment sustainability, speculation, food prices, commodity trading, market manipulation, government intervention and health. He provides some surprising conclusions. Anyone who is interested in how their food is produced and how it arrives on their plate, or into their cereal bowl will enjoy this book.
With contributions from, or interviews with: • Isara Vongkusolkit, Sunny Verghese, Robert Kuok, Chris Mahoney, Greg Page, Ralph Potter, and Sven Sielhorst.
The Sugar Casino is available in Kindle or Paperback versions on Amazon
Godstone is Jonathan’s first novel, a story about the fragility of both our planet and ourselves.
Sunk low by grief and alcohol William is tasked with taking a mysterious blue stone from London to Istanbul. Caught up in a whirlwind of real world events, he finds himself on a dangerous journey that takes him not only to Mount Sinai in Egypt but also deep into the meaning of his own life, and into the meaning of life itself.
This book offers a thought-provoking message of hope for readers who are on their own journey of discovery: exciting, exhilarating and dangerous.
Godstone is available in Kindle and Paperback formats on Amazon