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Betting on famine : why the world still goes hungry

Author: Jean Ziegler
Publisher: New York : New Press, [2013]
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World hunger was very nearly eradicated in our lifetimes--but in the past five years widespread starvation has suddenly reappeared, and chronic hunger is a major issue on every continent. Ziegler lays out in clear and accessible terms the complex global causes of the new hunger crisis. He focuses on how the new sustainable revolution in energy production has diverted millions of acres of corn, soy, wheat, and other  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jean Ziegler
ISBN: 9781595588494 1595588493
OCLC Number: 778419437
Description: xvii, 286 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
List of abbreviations --
Preface --
Massacre --
The geography of hunger --
Invisible hunger --
Protracted crises --
Postscript 1: The gaza ghetto --
Postscript 2: Refugees from the North Korean famine --
The children of Crateus --
God is not a farmer --
"No one goes hungry in Switzerland" --
The tragedy of Noma --
The awakening of conscience --
Famine and fatalism : Malthus and natural selection --
Josue de Castro, phase one --
Hitler's "hunger plan" --
A light in the darkness : the United Nations --
Josue de Castro, phase two : A very heavy coffin --
Enemies of the right to food --
The crusaders of neoliberalism --
The horsemen of the apocalypse --
When free trade kills --
Savonarola on Lake Geneva --
The collapse of the WFP and the FAO's impotence --
A billionaire's fear --
Victory of the predators --
"Natural" selection redux --
Jalil Jilani and her children --
The defeat of Jacques Diouf --
Postscript: The murder of Iraq's children --
The vultures of "green gold" --
A great lie --
Barack Obama's obsession --
The curse of sugarcane --
Postscript: Hell in Gujarat --
Criminal recolonization --
The speculators --
The "tiger sharks" --
Geneva, world capital of agri-food speculators --
Land grabs and the resistance of the damned --
The complicity of the western states --
Epilogue --
Notes.
Other Titles: Destruction massive.
Responsibility: Jean Ziegler ; translated from the French by Christopher Caines.

Abstract:

World hunger was very nearly eradicated in our lifetimes--but in the past five years widespread starvation has suddenly reappeared, and chronic hunger is a major issue on every continent. Ziegler lays out in clear and accessible terms the complex global causes of the new hunger crisis. He focuses on how the new sustainable revolution in energy production has diverted millions of acres of corn, soy, wheat, and other grain crops from food to fuel. The result: with declining food reserves, prices are at record highs and a new global commodities market in ethanol and other biofuels gobbles up arable lands.

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