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Global Food Economy The Battle for the Future of Farming

ISBN-10: 1842777955
ISBN-13: 9781842777954
Edition: 2006
Authors: Tony Weis
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Description: This book sets out some answers to the question: how can we build an ecologically sustainable and humane system of food production and distribution? The modern food economy is a paradox. Surplus 'food mountains' sit alongside global malnutrition and  More...

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Book details

List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Zed Books, Limited
Publication date: 6/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.418
Language: English

This book sets out some answers to the question: how can we build an ecologically sustainable and humane system of food production and distribution? The modern food economy is a paradox. Surplus 'food mountains' sit alongside global malnutrition and the developed world subsidizes its own agriculture while pressurizing the developing world to liberalize at all costs. Export competition is increasingly aggressive whilst the reliance on imports in many countries has worrying implications for food security. Family farms go out of business and dispossessed peasant farmers are driven into urban slums. The WTO's uneven application of neoliberal economics to food production is relatively new, and the consequences of mounting deficits, rising 'food miles', and social upheaval, are untested but ominous.

Tony Weiss is Assistant Professor of Geography, University of Western Ontario, Canada.

Preface
The global food economy: contradictions and crises
The temperate grain-livestock complex
From colonialism to global market integration in the South
Entrenching an uneven playing field: the multilateral regulation of agriculture
The battle for the future of farming
Bibliography
Index

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