Eating Tomorrow: Agribusiness, Family Farmers, and the Battle for the Future of Food

Eating Tomorrow: Agribusiness, Family Farmers, and the Battle for the Future of Food

by Timothy A. Wise


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"A powerful polemic against agricultural technology."

A major new book that shows the world already has the tools to feed itself, without expanding industrial agriculture or adopting genetically modified seeds, from the Small Planet Institute expert

Few challenges are more daunting than feeding a global population projected to reach 9.7 billion in 2050—at a time when climate change is making it increasingly difficult to successfully grow crops. In response, corporate and philanthropic leaders have called for major investments in industrial agriculture, including genetically modified seed technologies. Reporting from Africa, Mexico, India, and the United States, Timothy A. Wise’s Eating Tomorrow discovers how in country after country agribusiness and its well-heeled philanthropic promoters have hijacked food policies to feed corporate interests.

Most of the world, Wise reveals, is fed by hundreds of millions of small-scale farmers, people with few resources and simple tools but a keen understanding of what and how to grow food. These same farmers—who already grow more than 70 percent of the food eaten in developing countries—can show the way forward as the world warms and population increases. Wise takes readers to remote villages to see how farmers are rebuilding soils with ecologically sound practices and nourishing a diversity of native crops without chemicals or imported seeds. They are growing more and healthier food; in the process, they are not just victims in the climate drama but protagonists who have much to teach us all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620974223
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 649,181
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Timothy A. Wise is a senior researcher at the Small Planet Institute, where he directs the Land and Food Rights Program. He is also a senior research fellow at Tufts University’s Global Development and Environment Institute, where he founded and directed its Globalization and Sustainable Development Program. He previously served as executive director of the U.S.-based aid agency Grassroots International. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

1 Introduction 1

Part I Into Africa: The New Colonialism 11

2 The Malawi Miracle and the Limits of Africa's Green Revolution 15

3 The Rise and Fail of the Largest Land Grab in Africa 49

4 Land-Poor Farmers in a Land-Rich Country: Zambia's Maize Paradox 83

Part II The Roots of Our Problems 111

5 Iowa and the Cornification of the United States 115

6 Fueling the Food Crisis 149

7 Monsanto invades Corn's Garden of Eden in Mexico 175

Part III Trading Away the Right to Food 207

8 NAFTA's Assault on Mexico's Family Farmers 211

9 Trading in Hypocrisy: India vs. World Trade Organization 241

10 Conclusion: The Battle for the Future of Food 269

Acknowledgments 279

Notes 283

Index 313

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