by Bill Winders


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Grains - particularly maize, rice, and wheat - are the central component of most people’s diets, but we rarely stop to think about the wider role they play in national and international policy-making, as well as global issues like food security, biotechnology, and even climate change.

But why are grains so important and ubiquitous? What political conflicts and economic processes underlie this dominance? Who controls the world’s supply of grains and with what outcomes? In this timely book, Bill Winders unravels the complex story of feed and food grains in the global economy. Highlighting the importance of corporate control and divisions between grains - such as who grows them, and who consumes them - he shows how grains do not represent a unitary political and economic force. Whilst the differences between them may seem small, they can lead to competing economic interests and policy preferences with serious and, on occasions, violent geopolitical consequences.

This richly detailed and authoritative guide will be of interest to students across the social sciences, as well as anyone interested in current affairs.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780745688046
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 12/12/2016
Series: Resources Series
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Bill Winders is an Associate Professor of Sociology in the School of History and Sociology at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
1. Grains for Food, Grains for Feed
2. Grains and the U.S. Food Regime
3. The Search for New Markets
4. Feed Grains, Food Grains, and World Hunger
5. Genetically Engineered Grains
6. Seeds of Change
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