Endless Appetites: How the Commodities Casino Creates Hunger and Unrest

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Praise for Endless Appetites

"For all those concerned about the issues of hunger in the world, this is essential reading." —GEORGE McGOVERN, former U.S. Senator and 2008 World Food Prize laureate

"Alan Bjerga's well-written book, Endless Appetites, takes readers from distant farms to commodity markets all over the world as he examines the growing complexity of farming, food production, and distribution. This award-winning journalist skillfully weaves stories with data as he explains why food prices continue to ...

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Endless Appetites: How the Commodities Casino Creates Hunger and Unrest

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Overview

Praise for Endless Appetites

"For all those concerned about the issues of hunger in the world, this is essential reading." —GEORGE McGOVERN, former U.S. Senator and 2008 World Food Prize laureate

"Alan Bjerga's well-written book, Endless Appetites, takes readers from distant farms to commodity markets all over the world as he examines the growing complexity of farming, food production, and distribution. This award-winning journalist skillfully weaves stories with data as he explains why food prices continue to rise and why, despite record food production, famines still occur. Although it deals with a complex problem, Endless Appetites is easy to read and easy to understand. I highly recommend this book to everyone who cares about food." —DAVID BECKMANN, President, Bread for the World and 2010 World Food Prize laureate

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118043233
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/11/2011
  • Series: Bloomberg Series , #151
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,436,263
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Bjerga has covered food and agricultural issues for more than a decade for Knight-Ridder Newspapers and Bloomberg News. He won the Glenn Cunningham Agricultural Journalist of the Year Award from the North American Agricultural Journalists in 2005. In 2009, he was recognized for covering U.S. food aid and famine in Ethiopia by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the North American Agricultural Journalists, the New York Press Club, and the Overseas Press Club. In 2010, Bjerga was President of the National Press Club and the North American Agricultural Journalists.

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Table of Contents

Author’s Note viii

Prologue xi

CHAPTER 1: Floors, Fields, and Famines 1

CHAPTER 2: Chicago Makes a Market 13

CHAPTER 3: Elephants in the Kiddie Pool 25

CHAPTER 4: A Recipe for Famine 39

CHAPTER 5: The View from Rome 51

CHAPTER 6: Hot Air 65

CHAPTER 7: Promise 79

CHAPTER 8: The Price of a Cup of Coffee 97

CHAPTER 9: A Better Banana 113

CHAPTER 10: Thai Quality 131

CHAPTER 11: Steps Up 147

CHAPTER 12: Harvest of Hope 159

Notes 169

Acknowledgments 189

About the Author 191

Index 193

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