The Global Food Crisis


The Current Controversies series examines today's most important social and political issues. Each volume presents a diverse selection of primary sources representing all sides of the debate in question.

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The Current Controversies series examines today's most important social and political issues. Each volume presents a diverse selection of primary sources representing all sides of the debate in question.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737746129
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 7/10/2009
  • Series: Current Controversies Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Table of Contents

Foreword 11

Introduction 14

Chapter 1 Has Global Market Capitalism Caused the World Food Crisis?

Chapter Preface 19

Yes: Global Market Capitalism Has Caused the World Food Crisis

Neoliberal Economic Strategies Have Created the Food Crisis Jayati Ghosh 21

Speculation Has Driven Up Food Prices and Created Shortages Beat Balzli Frank Hornig 33

A Lack of Regulation Has Caused the Food Crisis Gretchen Gordon 42

Food Cannot Be Globalized Like Other Commodities Bruce Stokes 48

No: Global Market Capitalism Has Not Caused the World Food Crisis

Government Policies Have Caused the Current Food Crisis Dominic Lawson 63

Markets Can Bring Stability and Resolve the Current Food Crisis Martin Wolf 68

The Free Market Promotes Food Efficiency and Security Bright B. Simons Franklin Cudjoe 72

Chapter 2 Is the Demand for Biofuels Fueling the Global Food Crisis?

Chapter Preface 81

Yes: The Demand for Biofuels Is Fueling the Global Food Crisis

The Exorbitant Corn Requirements for Biofuels Have Created a Food Crisis C. Ford Runge Benjamin Senauer 84

The Policies that Favor Biofuels Have Created Food Shortages Ronald Bailey 96

Biofuels Have Had the Biggest Impact on Rising Food Prices Aditya Chakrabortty 100

No: The Demand for Biofuels Is Not Fueling the Global Food Crisis

As Oil and Gas Prices Rise, Biofuels Can Solve the Food Crisis Gordon Quaiattini 104

The Demand for Biofuels Is Not Directly Related to High Food Prices Delta Farm Press Staff 107

Western Protectionist Policies and Subsidies Enable the Food Crisis Conor Foley 111

Chapter 3 Can Biotechnology Solve the Global Food Crisis?

Chapter Preface 116

Yes: Biotechnology Can Solve theGlobal Food Crisis

Biotechnology Is Essential to Feed the World's Growing Population Norman E. Borlaug 118

Modern Technologies Can Foster Success in Poor Farming Communities Jeffrey Sachs 125

No: Biotechnology Cannot Solve the Global Food Crisis

Biotechnology and Agribusiness Create Cultural and Economic Devastation Vandana Shiva Maria Armoudian Ankine Aghassian 129

Biotechnology Is Ineffective and Potentially Disastrous Sam Urquhart 139

Genetically Modified Crops Do Not Produce Greater Yields Union of Concerned Scientists 151

Chapter 4 How Can the World Solve the Current Food Crisis?

Chapter Preface 155

Raising Agricultural Productivity Will Solve the Food Crisis Gra├ža Machel 157

Combining Traditional Methods and New Technologies Will Improve Farming M.S. Swaminathan 161

America's Agricultural Policies Must Be Changed Terra Lawson-Remer 168

Water Scarcity Must Be Addressed to Solve the Food Crisis Fred Pearce 173

Soil Conditions Must Be Improved to Solve the Food Crisis Seth Borenstein 178

Reduced Meat Consumption in the West Will Help Ease the Food Crisis Raj Patel 182

Respect for Women's Rights Is Necessary to Solve the Food Crisis Yifat Susskind 190

A Comprehensive Global Plan Is Needed to Solve the Food Crisis Mohammad Yunus 193

Organizations to Contact 197

Bibliography 202

Index 206

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