Endless Appetites: How the Commodities Casino Creates Hunger and Unrest

Endless Appetites: How the Commodities Casino Creates Hunger and Unrest

by Alan Bjerga
     
 

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The international food crisis—particularly the availability and affordability of food products—has become one of the most pressing challenges of our time, and is being talked about everywhere from college campuses to emergency UN meetings. While American farms are more prosperous today than ever before, the same cannot be said for those in other parts of

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The international food crisis—particularly the availability and affordability of food products—has become one of the most pressing challenges of our time, and is being talked about everywhere from college campuses to emergency UN meetings. While American farms are more prosperous today than ever before, the same cannot be said for those in other parts of the world. Since 2007, farm-product prices have risen at ridiculous rates, leading to increasing hunger, malnutrition, and social and political upheaval around the world.??Endless Appetites: How the Commodities Casino Creates Hunger and Unrest explores how crop markets—first established in the 1800s to help stabilize agricultural commodity prices—are increasingly acting like an investors' casino, with prices absorbed by rich nations taking food from the mouths of poor ones.

Drawing on his experiences visiting farms and talking with farmers around the world—in Ethiopia, Kenya, Thailand, and Nicaragua—as well as in the United States, acclaimed journalist Alan Bjerga examines the growing international food crisis firsthand. Raised on a farm in the Midwest during the last food crisis, Bjerga has the personal and professional experience to understand the plight of individual families and make the kind of intelligent, insightful suggestions for change that only an expert can.

As grocery store prices continue to rise, it is clear that something has to be done to stabilize food prices and close the hunger gap, not just at home, but around the world. Increases in food prices in 2011 set new records, and things are only going to get worse unless we act now. Endless Appetites takes the reader inside the commodities system at the center of the heartbreaking rise in worldwide hunger and considers how to solve the problem of food security for everyone.

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From the Publisher
"“Endless Appetites is ideal for someone interestedeconomics and global markets, packed as it is with numbers. But theinformation in this book is important for anyone who is concernedabout the future of our food supply—which should probably beall of us.”
Serious Eats!

"Worth checking out … Based on the author's personalvisits to farmers around the world, Bjerga explains how the crisishappened (short answer: greed), it’s tragic effects, and whatnow has to be done to reverse them."
The Atlantic

"Some of Bjerga’s best writing is about the inner workingsof the Chicago Board of Trade and other markets, and when he bringsAmerican agricultural history into the story of what othercountries have not had and do not have to encourage stableagricultural development. … Bjerga’s skill is in theway he forces the reader to make connections between aspects ofagriculture that do not normally appear together. And the book ischock full of unusual observations."
AgWeek

“My Thanksgiving holiday book discovery will becomeChristmas season reading. ... Lest you think this is just anotherrant at financial and trading institutions, be aware that Bjerga isa veteran commodities writer and Washington correspondent."
Lee Egerstrom in Hindsight: The Minnesota 2020Blog

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118043233
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/11/2011
Series:
Bloomberg Series, #151
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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