Agriculture and Food in Crisis: Conflict, Resistance, and Renewal

Agriculture and Food in Crisis: Conflict, Resistance, and Renewal

by Fred Magdoff, Brian Tokar
     
 

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The failures of “free-market” capitalism are perhaps nowhere more evident than in the production and distribution of food. Although modern human societies have attained unprecedented levels of wealth, a significant amount of the world’s population continues to suffer from hunger or food insecurity on a daily basis. In Agriculture and Food in

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The failures of “free-market” capitalism are perhaps nowhere more evident than in the production and distribution of food. Although modern human societies have attained unprecedented levels of wealth, a significant amount of the world’s population continues to suffer from hunger or food insecurity on a daily basis. In Agriculture and Food in Crisis, Fred Magdoff and Brian Tokar have assembled an exceptional collection of scholars from around the world to explore this frightening long-term trend in food production. While approaching the issue from many angles, the contributors to this volume share a focus on investigating how agricultural production is shaped by a system that is oriented around the creation of profit above all else, with food as nothing but an afterthought.

As the authors make clear, it is technically possible to feed to world’s people, but it is not possible to do so as long as capitalism exists. Toward that end, they examine what can be, and is being, done to create a human-centered and ecologically sound system of food production, from sustainable agriculture and organic farming on a large scale to movements for radical land reform and national food sovereignty. This book will serve as an indispensible guide to the years ahead, in which world politics will no doubt come to be increasingly understood as food politics.

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“A strong and timely collection . . . a compelling, historically oriented survey of the political economy of the state-supported corporate takeover of world food production.”

-Current Anthropology

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781583673904
Publisher:
Monthly Review Press
Publication date:
11/01/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,191,272
File size:
3 MB

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From the Publisher

“A strong and timely collection . . . a compelling, historically oriented survey of the political economy of the state-supported corporate takeover of world food production.”

-Current Anthropology

Meet the Author

Fred Magdoff taught at the University of Vermont in Burlington, is a director of the Monthly Review Foundation, and has written on political economy for many years. He is most recently the author (with John Bellamy Foster) of The Great Financial Crisis: Causes and Consequences (Monthly Review Press).


Brian Tokar is a long-time activist and author, and current director of the Institute for Social Ecology based in Plainfield, Vermont. He is the author of The Green Alternative and Earth for Sale and lectures widely on a variety of environmental and political topics.

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