Stuffed and starved book review

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Skip to main content. March 18, GM Watch. All About Organics ,. NOTE: If you don't read anything else this week, do read this great review by Iain Boal, the social historian of science and technics at the University of California, Berkeley, of Raj Patel's important book. The witty dust-jacket sets the tone.
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Politics Book Review: Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System by Raj Patel

GM Watch Reviews "Stuffed and Starved" by Raj Patel

Share: Share on Facebook. Add to Cart. 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. 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.

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. 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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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How is it that the overweight outnumber the underfed? - In both cases, Unilever wins. In other words, it pays Unilever to make you fat.

Unless you are a corporate food executive, the food system isn't working for you. If you are one of the world's rural poor dependent on agriculture for your livelihood - and roughly half the global population of 6 billion fall into this category - you are likely to be one of the starved. If you are an urban consumer, whether an affluent metropolitan or slum-dwelling industrial labourer, you are likely to be one of the stuffed, suffering from obesity or other diet-related ills. Raj Patel's fascinating first book examines this apparent paradox. His thesis is that the simultaneous existence of nearly 1 billion who are malnourished and nearly 1 billion who are overweight is in fact the inevitable corollary of a system in which a handful of corporations have been allowed to capture the value of the food chain.

It is a book that must be read by all people who defend the rights of farmers and food sovereignty in Africa and around the globe. Farming has, from time immemorial, been a battlefield. However, in recent decades the battle has escalated. Raj Patel - policy analyst, journalist, and former employee of the World Bank, WTO and the United Nations - carried out a comprehensive investigation of the global food system,documented in this book. The findings are shocking, and expose major players of the food system, their victims, the profit generated by the food industry, contradictions in the food system, and even outlines the alternative paradigm that can be pursued, to extricate the food system from the grip of global corporations.

This book analyses the paradox contained in its title. Huge numbers of people in one part of the world suffer from starvation, while in other areas there is an obesity epidemic. Starvation is not new in human history, but what is relatively new is that people are starving even though enough food is produced to feed everyone. Having one billion people on the planet overweight, the majority of them poor, is also a historical first. Raj Patel argues that there is a common root to both problems - a global food production system guided by the profit motive, dominated and organised by a tiny number of transnational corporations.

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  1. Apolline G. says:

    Sep 15, Raj Patel illuminates the failures of the global food system in Stuffed and Starved, says Felicity Lawrence. Raj Patel's fascinating first book examines this apparent paradox. Patel uses the Mexican experience as one among several telling examples of what has gone wrong.

  2. Orva R. says:

    ability of the world's poor to feed themselves, Stuffed and Starved is indispensable.” —Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma ABOUT THIS BOOK.

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