Stuffed and Starved The Hidden Battle for the World Food System

ISBN-10: 1612191274

ISBN-13: 9781612191270

Edition: 2nd 2012

Authors: Raj Patel

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How can starving people also be obese?Why does everything have soy in it?How do petrochemicals and biofuels control the price of food?It's a perverse fact of modern life: There are more starving people in the world than ever before (800 million) while there are also more people overweight (1 billion).To find out how we got to this point and what we can do about it, Raj Patel launched a comprehensive investigation into the global food network. It took him from the colossal supermarkets of California to India's wrecked paddy–fields and Africa's bankrupt coffee farms, while along the way he ate genetically engineered soy beans and dodged flying objects in the protestor–packed streets of South Korea.What he found was shocking, from the false choices given us by supermarkets to a global epidemic of farmer suicides, and real reasons for famine in Asia and Africa.Yet he also found great cause for hope—in international resistance movements working to create a more democratic, sustainable and joyful food system. Going beyond ethical consumerism, Patel explains, from seed to store to plate, the steps to regain control of the global food economy, stop the exploitation of both farmers and consumers, and rebalance global sustenance.
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Publication date: 6/5/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction
Our Big Fat Contradiction
Arcadia Lost
About Joe
An Hourglass Figure
Ways of Being Free
The Menu of Chapters
A Rural Autopsy
And on That Farm He Had a Wife
Crooked Fictions
Debtward Ho
After Despair
Did the WTO Kill Lee Kyung Hae?
Some Farmers Are Pushed
But Where Does It Stop?
You Have Become Mexican
NAFTA and After
Corn for the Rich Men Only
Once Were Farmers
Beyond a Border
The Wrong Explanation
Bringing Agriculture to the City of Angels
Lee Again
'Just a Cry for Bread'
A Secret History of Refreshment
Rhodes' Conundrum
The Cold War for Food
After Food Aid
The World Trade Organization
The Customer is Our Enemy: A Brief Introduction to Food System Business
Permanent Banana Republic: The United Fruit Company
Varieties of Consolidation
The Market for Political Favour
Dwayne Andreas and the Currying of National Interest
Better Living through Chemistry
The Knowledge and the Initiative
Who Knows What
Corporations Address the Needs of the Poor
I'd Like to Thank the Academy
For Africa!
Making up Makhathini
Better Through Living Chemistry
Glycine Rex
Secret Ingredient
A Whole Hill of Beans
Learning the Soy Samba
The Perfect Storm
Blairo Maggi-Poster Soy
The View from Afar
The Perils of National Development
The World's Most Important Social Movement
Bringing It Home
Checking out of Supermarkets
The Self-Serving Store
Almost Orwell
666 and All That
Discipline in the Aisles
Walmart
Supply Chain-gangs
The Contradictions of Convenience
Every Cloud Has a Redlining
Shelves of Love
In the Garden of the Black Panthers
Chosen by Bunnies
On Places and Taste and Food
Food Is from Mars
Wheat is Murder
Hooked on TV Dinners
The Now of Chow
War on the Obese
Feeling the Burn
Your Pace or Mine?
Anti-Malbouffe
Conclusion
Inside the Hourglass
It's Just We, Ourselves and Us
Follow the Leader
Notes
References
Acknowledgements
Permissions
Index
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