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Agriculture and food in crisis : conflict, resistance, and renewal

Author: Fred Magdoff; Brian Tokar
Publisher: Monthly Review Press, New York : Monthly Review Press, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The failures of 'free-market' capitalism are perhaps nowhere more evident than in the production and distribution of food. Although modern human societies have attained unprecedented levels of wealth, a significant amount of the world's population continues to suffer from hunger or food insecurity on a daily basis. In Agriculture and Food in Crisis, Fred Magdoff and Brian Tokar have assembled an exceptional  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Fred Magdoff; Brian Tokar
ISBN: 9781583672266 1583672265 9781583672273 1583672273
OCLC Number: 630467545
Description: 348 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Food wars / Walden Bello and Mara Baviera --
The world food crisis in historical perspective / Philip McMichael --
Sub-Saharan Africa's vanishing peasantries and the specter of a global food crisis / Deborah Fahy Bryceson --
Origins of the food crisis in India and developing countries / Utsa Patnaik --
Free trade in agriculture: a bad idea whose time is done / Sophia Murphy --
Biofuels and the global food crisis / Brian Tokar --
The new farm owners: corporate investors and the control of overseas farmland / GRAIN --
The globalization of agribusiness and developing world food systems / John Wilkinson --
The battle for sustainable agriculture in Paraguay / April Howard --
Fixing our global food system: food sovereignty and redistributive land reform / Peter Rosset --
From food crisis to food sovereignty: the challenge of social movements / Eric Holt-Giménez --
Do increased energy costs offer opportunities for a new agriculture? / Frederick Kirschenmann --
Reducing energy inputs in the agricultural production system / David Pimentel --
Agroecology, small farms, and food sovereignty / Miguel A. Altieri --
The Venezuelan effort to build a new food and agriculture system / Christina Schiavoni and William Camacaro --
Can ecological agriculture feed nine billion people? / Jules Pretty.
Responsibility: edited by Fred Magdoff and Brian Tokar.

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"The failures of 'free-market' capitalism are perhaps nowhere more evident than in the production and distribution of food. Although modern human societies have attained unprecedented levels of wealth, a significant amount of the world's population continues to suffer from hunger or food insecurity on a daily basis. In Agriculture and Food in Crisis, Fred Magdoff and Brian Tokar have assembled an exceptional collection of scholars from around the world to explore this frightening long-term trend in food production. While approaching the issue from many angles, the contributors to this volume share a focus on investigating how agricultural production is shaped by a system that is oriented around the creation of profit above all else, with food as nothing but an afterthought. As the authors make clear, it is technically possible to feed to world's people, but it is not possible to do so as long as capitalism exists. Toward that end, they examine what can be, and is being, done to create a human-centered and ecologically sound system of food production, from sustainable agriculture and organic farming on a large scale to movements for radical land reform and national food sovereignty. This book will serve as an indispensible guide to the years ahead, in which world politics will no doubt come to be increasingly understood as food politics."--Publisher's description.

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