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Hungry For Profit

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Millions go hungry every year in both poor and rich nations, yet hundreds of thousands of peasants and farmers continue to be pushed off the land. Applied in increasing volumes, chemical pesticides and synthetic fertilizers deplete the soil, pollute our food and water, and leave crops more vulnerable to pest outbreaks. The new and expanding use of genetically engineered seeds threatens species diversity.

This penetrating set of essays explains why corporate agribusiness is a ...

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Overview

Millions go hungry every year in both poor and rich nations, yet hundreds of thousands of peasants and farmers continue to be pushed off the land. Applied in increasing volumes, chemical pesticides and synthetic fertilizers deplete the soil, pollute our food and water, and leave crops more vulnerable to pest outbreaks. The new and expanding use of genetically engineered seeds threatens species diversity.

This penetrating set of essays explains why corporate agribusiness is a rising threat to farmers, the environment, and consumers. Ranging in subject from the politics of hunger to the new agricultural biotechnologies, and in time and place from early modern Europe to contemporary Cuba, the contributions to Hungry for Profit examine the changes underway in world agriculture today and point the way toward organic, sustainable solutions to problems of food supply.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583670163
  • Publisher: Monthly Review Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2000
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 1,004,462
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.57 (d)

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).

John Bellamy Foster is editor of Monthly Review. He is professor of sociology at the University of Oregon and author of The Ecological Revolution, The Great Financial Crisis (with Fred Magdoff), Critique of Intelligent Design (with Brett Clark and Richard York), Ecology Against Capitalism, Marx’s Ecology, and The Vulnerable Planet.

Frederick Buttel is Professor of Rural Sociology and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the author or editor of several books, including Environment and Modernity (1999).

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Table of Contents

An Overview 7
1 The Agrarian Origins of Capitalism 23
2 Liebig, Marx, and the Depletion of Soil Fertility: Relevance for Today's Agriculture 43
3 Concentration of Ownership and Control in Agriculture 61
4 Ecological Impacts of Industrial Agriculture and the Possibilities for Truly Sustainable Farming 77
5 The Maturing of Capitalist Agriculture: Farmer as Proletarian 93
6 New Agricultural Biotechnologies: The Struggle for Democratic Choice 107
7 Global Food Politics 125
8 The Great Global Enclosure of our Times: Peasants and the Agrarian Question at the End of the Twentieth Century 145
9 Organizing U.S. Farm Workers: A Continuous Struggle 161
10 Rebuilding Local Food Systems from the Grassroots Up 175
11 Want Amid Plenty: From Hunger to Inequality 189
12 Cuba: A Successful Case Study of Sustainable Agriculture 203
13 The Importance of Land Reform in the Reconstruction of China 215
Appendix 231
Contributors 235
Index 239
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