World Hunger: Twelve Myths

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In this completely revised and updated edition of the most authoritative book on world hunger, three of our foremost experts on food and agriculture expose and explode the myths that prevent us from effectively addressing the problem. Drawing on and distilling the extensive research of the Institute for Food and Development Policy (Food First), Lappé, Collins, and Rosset examine head-on the policies and politics that have kept hungry people from feeding themselves around the world, in both Third and First World ...
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Overview


In this completely revised and updated edition of the most authoritative book on world hunger, three of our foremost experts on food and agriculture expose and explode the myths that prevent us from effectively addressing the problem. Drawing on and distilling the extensive research of the Institute for Food and Development Policy (Food First), Lappé, Collins, and Rosset examine head-on the policies and politics that have kept hungry people from feeding themselves around the world, in both Third and First World countries, as well as the misconceptions that have obscured our own national, social, and humanitarian interests. Written in a straightforward, easy-to-read style, World Hunger: Twelve Myths shakes many tenaciously held beliefs; but most important, it convinces readers that by standing together with the hungry we can advance not only humanitarian interests, but our own well-being.
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Second edition of a text first published in 1986. It draws on research of the Institute for Food and Development Policy to examine the policies and politics that have kept people from feeding themselves in third- and first-world countries. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802135919
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 270
  • Sales rank: 833,308
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments to the Second Edition
Beyond Guilt and Fear 1
Ch. 1 Myth 1: There's Simply Not Enough Food 8
Ch. 2 Myth 2: Nature's to Blame 15
Ch. 3 Myth 3: Too Many Mouths to Feed 25
Ch. 4 Myth 4: Food vs. Our Environment 41
Ch. 5 Myth 5: The Green Revolution Is the Answer 58
Ch. 6 Myth 6: Justice vs. Production 85
Ch. 7 Myth 7: The Free Market Can End Hunger 98
Ch. 8 Myth 8: Free Trade Is the Answer 109
Ch. 9 Myth 9: Too Hungry to Revolt 122
Ch. 10 Myth 10: More U.S. Aid Will Help the Hungry 129
Ch. 11 Myth 11: We Benefit from Their Hunger 147
Ch. 12 Myth 12: Food vs. Freedom 164
Beyond the Myths of Hunger: What We Can Do 171
Notes 179
What We Can Do: A Resource Guide 247
About Food First 255
About the Authors 259
Index 261
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2009

    Life Changing Book

    Once I encountered this book it indelibly altered the course of my life. This book completely changed the way I framed my understanding of global politics, inequality, and poverty.

    Its written in a refreshingly straight forward and honest manner that is easy to read even to the unseasoned "political" reader. I have gone through my copy at least five times and use it as the basis of much of my current research.

    I would recommend this book to anyone who believes in the dignity of humanity but is sometimes overwhelmed or discouraged by the enormity of the inequality in today's world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2005

    WOW!!!

    This book gives deep insight to the myths of hunger. Here we are thinking that there is just a lack of food, when food is abundant and humans are the most liable cause. World Hunger is a must-have book for those with questions regarding world hunger!

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