Stone Age man eked out sustenance for survival. Today 13,000 cargo ships carry 500 gross tons of foodstuffs from comparatively empty agricultural lands to densely populated industrial areas. This illuminating record of man's ingenuity in combating the hungers of season and place, and the implements and methods he has developed, compass selective breeding, the evolution of hybrids, advancements in food purification and preservation. Pathfinders Mendel, Lavoisier, Hopkins, Liebig and Lavoisier forged ways toward better and safer nutrition. The brilliant and varied story is presented visually with diagrams, reproductions of baronial banquets, medieval peasants, magnificent maps, photographs and reproductions of paintings which show the unending battle to strike the balance between feast and famine in the world's food supplies.