Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System

( 5 )

Overview

It's A Perverse Fact: There are more people starving in the world than ever before (800 million) while there are also more people overweight (1 billion).

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. It took him from the colossal supermarkets of California to India's wrecked paddy-fields and Africa's bankrupt coffee farms, while along the way he ate genetically engineered soybeans ...

See more details below
Paperback
$15.38
BN.com price
(Save 22%)$19.95 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (17) from $7.78   
  • New (11) from $11.12   
  • Used (6) from $7.78   
Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$11.49
BN.com price
(Save 42%)$19.95 List Price

Overview

It's A Perverse Fact: There are more people starving in the world than ever before (800 million) while there are also more people overweight (1 billion).

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. It took him from the colossal supermarkets of California to India's wrecked paddy-fields and Africa's bankrupt coffee farms, while along the way he ate genetically engineered soybeans and dodged flying objects on the protestor-packed streets of South Korea.

What he found was shocking: from the false choices given us by supermarkets to a global epidemic of farmer suicides and the real reasons for famine in Asia and Africa.

Yet he also found great cause for hope- in international social 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.

About the Author:
Raj Patel, former policy analyst for Food First, is currently a visiting scholar at the UC Berkeley Center for African Studies

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Compelling. At first glance, Raj is another depressing voice in the chorus. But in traveling the world researching the book, he also found hope in international social movements working to create more democratic, sustainable, and joyful food systems."
—Mark Bittman, New York Times

"For anyone attempting to make sense of the world food crisis, or understand the links between U.S. farm policy and the ability of the world's poor to feed themselves, Stuffed and Starved is indispensable."
—Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma

“One of the most dazzling books I have read in a very long time. The product of a brilliant mind and a gift to a world hungering for justice.”
—Naomi Klein, author of No Logo

"Patel's broad treatment helps the layman connect the dots, as well as hear the voices of those who occupy the lower rungs of the global food chain."
Time Magazine

"A blistering indictment of the policies of multinational agribusiness conglomerates and charges that their drive for profit at any cost has left the developing world starving while wealthy countries like the United States are experiencing epidemic obesity rates and related health problems."
Newsweek

"For Patel, it is a short step from Western consumers 'engorged and intoxicated' with cheap processed food to Mexican and Indian farmers committing suicide because they can’t make a living. The 'food industry’s pabulum' makes us all cogs in an evil machine."
The New Yorker

"A book full of insight, that makes an important contribution to understanding that the politics of food is not a narrow matter of shopping, ethical or otherwise."
The Guardian

"Stuffed and Starved remains a brilliant didactic account of the powerful interests (dis)organizing our food systems, and why, when food is an object of profit, there are no modern solutions to modern problems such as endemic hunger, ill-health and environmental degradation...Raj Patel’s unique sensibility and intelligence in evaluating grassroots alternatives provide a road map to understanding and changing the world through re-centering food as a cultural anchor rather than a product, especially at this moment of environmental uncertainty." —Philip David McMichael, author of Development and Social Change

"With its conversational tone, sense of humor, and real-life vignettes from the author's travels around the world, the book is accessible to general readers and will be as classroom-friendly as Michael Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma." —Reference and Research Book News

Publishers Weekly
Journalist and scholar Patel (Promised Land: Competing Visions of Agrarian Reform) focuses attention on the unfortunate irony of the current world food situation, in which the imbalance of world resources has created an epidemic of obesity in some parts of the world while millions in the "Global South" endure starvation. To make sense of the situation, Patel addresses the entire system of global food production, distribution and sale, concluding that "unless you're a corporate food executive, the food system isn't working for you." "Record levels of diet-related disease" plague consumers, cruel market realities (and unsympathetic officials) doom farmers, and communities are beset by a supermarket system that provides "cheap calories" while "bleeding local economies." Patel analyzes what can be done, presenting logical recommendations and strategies for individuals-eat locally, seasonally, and ecologically; support local business, workers' rights, and living wages; create a sustainable food system-though several primary components of his big vision (including ending agribusiness subsidies and corporate farming, and levying a tax on processed foods) are clearly a long way off. Those concerned about global health, social justice and the environment will be aware of many of the issues presented here, but should still find much to learn.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612191270
  • Publisher: Melville House Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/5/2012
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 142,195
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.06 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition 1

1 Introduction 9

Our Big Fat Contradiction 9

Arcadia Lost 14

About Joe 16

An Hourglass Figure 19

Ways of Being Free 23

The Menu of Chapters 26

2 A Rural Autopsy 29

And on That Farm He Had a Wife 29

Crooked Fictions 35

Debtward Ho 39

After Despair 42

Did the WTO Kill Lee Kyung Hae? 45

Some Farmers Are Pushed 49

But Where Does It Stop? 51

3 You Have Become Mexican 55

NAFTA and After 56

Corn for the Rich Men Only 62

Once Were Farmers 66

Beyond a Border 70

The Wrong Explanation 73

Bringing Agriculture to the City of Angels 79

Lee Again 81

4 'Just a Cry for Bread' 83

A Secret History of Refreshment 84

Rhodes' Conundrum 92

The Cold War for Food 96

After Food Aid 99

The World Trade Organization 104

5 The Customer is Our Enemy: A Brief Introduction to Food System Business 107

Permanent Banana Republic: The United Fruit Company 107

Varieties of Consolidation 110

The Market for Political Favour 116

Dwayne Andreas and the Currying of National Interest 119

6 Better Living through Chemistry 129

The Knowledge and the Initiative 130

Who Knows What 141

Corporations Address the Needs of the Poor 145

I'd Like to Thank the Academy 151

For Africa! 156

Making up Makhathini 162

Better Through Living Chemistry 167

7 Glycine Rex 173

Secret Ingredient 173

A Whole Hill of Beans 176

Learning the Soy Samba 181

The Perfect Storm 188

Blairo Maggi-Poster Soy 194

The View from Afar 201

The Perils of National Development 208

The World's Most Important Social Movement 211

Bringing It Home 219

8 Checking out of Supermarkets 221

The Self-Serving Store 222

Almost Orwell 229

666 and All That 232

Discipline in the Aisles 236

Walmart 237

Supply Chain-gangs 242

The Contradictions of Convenience 243

Every Cloud Has a Redlining 248

Shelves of Love 250

In the Garden of the Black Panthers 253

9 Chosen by Bunnies 259

On Places and Taste and Food 259

Food Is from Mars 261

Wheat is Murder 265

Hooked on TV Dinners 268

The Now of Chow 272

War on the Obese 278

Feeling the Burn 283

Your Pace or Mine? 286

Anti-Malbouffe 292

10 Conclusion 299

Inside the Hourglass 299

It's Just We, Ourselves and Us 306

Follow the Leader 321

Notes 325

References 367

Acknowledgements 403

Permissions 409

Index 411

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
( 5 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(3)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(2)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 5 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2008

    A reviewer

    n his new book, 'Stuffed and Starved,' Raj Patel hits a nerve, or rather a whole digestive system worth of nerves. Until late, these two hot topics-obesity and the food crisis- were discussed separately. Patel's research shows why and how there are now more obese people than ever before, and more starving people. Patel takes an original view and places the blame not just on the governments, but on their famous trade agreements that we all thought were so fabulous-NAFTA ring a bell? He discusses how the 'consumer' market and trade agreements are what have caused an increase in percentage of farmer suicides, food riots, and starving communities throughout the world. The book is a fast read, full of stuff you definitely didn't know. Although perhaps intended for the political or activist type, it's a worthwhile, interesting read for anyone who shops at a supermarket, a Wal-Mart, is thinking of going organic, or is upset about the rising cost of food. Not only does Patel offer a hearty argument for his points, but he offers a 10-step 'fix' for us, everyday folk to start taking to help the problem....that, at least is worth the buy/read-in...

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2014

    Amazing

    Really thought provoking and eye opening. I encourage anyone interested in agriculture, economics, international relations or human rights to give it a read. Kind of dense at times but definitely worth it.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 5 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)