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Food bank nations : poverty, corporate charity and the right to food

Author: Graham Riches
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2018.
Series: Routledge studies in food, society and environment.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the world’s most affluent and food secure societies, why is it now publicly acceptable to feed donated surplus food, dependent on corporate food waste, to millions of hungry people? While recognizing the moral imperative to feed hungry people, this book challenges the effectiveness, sustainability and moral legitimacy of globally entrenched corporate food banking as the primary response to rich world food  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(DLC) 2017052875
(OCoLC)1009183367
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Graham Riches
ISBN: 9781351729871 135172987X 9781315184012 131518401X 9781351729857 1351729853 9781351729864 1351729861
OCLC Number: 1032721366
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Part, I Domestic hunger to charitable food banking / Graham Riches --
chapter 1 Introduction / Graham Riches --
chapter 2 Food poverty and rich world hunger / Graham Riches --
chapter 3 Rise of Food Bank Nations / Graham Riches --
part, II Corporate capture / Graham Riches --
chapter 4 Corporate capture to rich world consolidation / Graham Riches --
chapter 5 Corporate food waste --
Manufacturing surplus food / Graham Riches --
chapter 6 Corporate food banking --
Solution or problem / Graham Riches --
chapter 7 Corporate food charity --
False promises of solidarity / Graham Riches --
part, III Rights talk and public policy / Graham Riches --
chapter 8 Collective solidarity and the right to food --
114Moral, legal and political obligations / Graham Riches --
chapter 9 Public accountability and the right to food --
International monitoring to the rescue / Graham Riches --
chapter 10 Civil society with a right to food bite --
Reclaiming public policy / Graham Riches --
part, IV Gathering political will / Graham Riches --
chapter 11 Changing the conversation --
163Challenging propositions / Graham Riches.
Series Title: Routledge studies in food, society and environment.
Responsibility: Graham Riches.

Abstract:

In the world’s most affluent and food secure societies, why is it now publicly acceptable to feed donated surplus food, dependent on corporate food waste, to millions of hungry people? While recognizing the moral imperative to feed hungry people, this book challenges the effectiveness, sustainability and moral legitimacy of globally entrenched corporate food banking as the primary response to rich world food poverty. It investigates the prevalence and causes of domestic hunger and food waste in OECD member states, the origins and thirty-year rise of US style charitable food banking, and its institutionalization and corporatization. It unmasks the hidden functions of transnational corporate food banking which construct domestic hunger as a matter for charity thereby allowing indifferent and austerity-minded governments to ignore increasing poverty and food insecurity and their moral, legal and political obligations, under international law, to realize the right to food. The book’s unifying theme is understanding the food bank nation as a powerful metaphor for the deep hole at the centre of neoliberalism, illustrating: the de-politicization of hunger; the abandonment of social rights; the stigma of begging and loss of human dignity; broken social safety nets; the dysfunctional food system; the shift from income security to charitable food relief; and public policy neglect. It exposes the hazards of corporate food philanthropy and the moral vacuum within negligent governments and their lack of public accountability. The advocacy of civil society with a right to food bite is urgently needed to gather political will and advance ‘joined-up’ policies and courses of action to ensure food security for all.--

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